A high amount of body fat can lead to weight-related diseases and other health issues. Being underweight is also a health risk. Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference are screening tools to estimate weight status in relation to potential disease risk.
Excessive abdominal fat may increase risk for developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease. The waistline measurement is a good assessment tool for abdominal fat.
Men with BMI higher than 30 and waistline more than 40 inches are particularly at a higher risk of developing obesity-related conditions.