Men's Health Week - It's all about the belly fat

Published: 13 June, 2017
Men's Health Week - It's all about the belly fat

According to the Men’s Health Forum ( this year it is all about the belly fat.  Men’s Health Week 2017 – which runs from June 12-18 – is about abdominal obesity – better known as ‘belly fat’.

Belly fat is a particular problem in men that is particularly bad for your health and men are more likely to have it.


Belly fat is a problem because it lurks not just beneath the surface but also gets down deep and surrounds your vital organs. Regardless of your overall weight, a large amount of belly fat increases your risk of:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Premature death from any cause
  • High blood pressure

So, men need to get those tape measures out. If you have a waist measurement over 37 inches (94cm), you are at increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke and erection problems. If it's over 40 inches (102cm), you're at a considerably increased risk of all these. The measurement is not the same as your trouser size. Measure your stomach at the belly button.

Too many men are overweight – they don’t realise (and women don’t realise either) – and it’s killing them

  • 67.8% of men are now overweight or obese vs. 58.1% of women.   26.9% of men are obese vs. 26.8% of women. (HSE 2015).
  • The National Child Measurement Programme shows boys are now more likely to be overweight or obese than girls at Reception (22.7% vs. 21.5%) and Year 6 (36.0% vs. 32.3%).  (NCMP 2015/16).  The 2015 Health Survey for England of children 2-16 shows a similar gap: 30% vs. 26%.
  • In general, men are less likely to perceive themselves – and women are less likely to perceive men – as too heavy.


The message from the Men’s Health Forum is MOVE MORE, EAT WELL, WATCH THE BOOZE.

For more information and support download the following Hazardous Waist Toolbox Talk made available by the MHF by clicking the here.


The Men’s Health Forum provides a large range of health related toolbox talks on their website ( including: -

  1. How to quit smoking
  2. Sleep well, feel better
  3. NHS screening for older men
  4. Avoid skin cancer
  5. Avoid drink problems
  6. Beat stress and anger
  7. How to spot symptoms
  8. How to enjoy safer sex
  9. Eat well, feel better
  10. What do erection problems really mean
  11. How to look after your feet at work

The Pre-diabetes collaborative team at Care Plus Group are willing to come to any groups to undertake basic risk assessments for people to determine their risk of developing type 2 diabetes – and give information on how to reduce that risk.  Please contact Julie Grimmer on 232261 to organise a session.


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Written by: Neil Cartwright

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