Men’s Health

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about men’s health.

How Much Belly Fat for Men is Too Much?

When it comes to waistlines, most guys admit they’ve gone up a notch or two on the belt. But too much belly fat may mean more than just a new pants size. It can be a health issue, too.

Men who have too much belly (visceral) fat may have a greater risk of serious health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, diabetes and more.

To see if you have too much belly fat, measure your waist size. Place the tape measure around your bare belly, just above you hipbone. Exhale and relax before taking the measurement, and make sure the tape is snug and level all the way around, according to The Mayo Clinic.

For most men, risk factors for other diseases and health conditions increase with a waist bigger than 40 inches.

While measurements that compare your hip and waist circumference and compare your weight and height can be more accurate, a waist measurement can give you a good start about your amount of belly fat.

Ask your doctor how to measure your belly fat or how you can lose weight to lower your waist measurement and health risks.

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Source: Nafisa Islam, MD, Brookville Family Care; Gene Lease, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Timothy O Donnell, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Breanna Veal, PA-C, Walden Ponds Primary Care; Douglas Gaker, MD, Premier Urology Center

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