Last Monday San Antonio Express featured an article about the extra weight around the middle otherwise known as belly fat. Dr. Oz and Dr. Mehmey known as the “YOU” doctors, suggest that we find a tape measure and put it to good use. For women, the waist should not measure more than 35 inches and men no more than 40 inches. A little pot belly might lead to some serious health issues. Also, a group of researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas found that inches are as important as pounds. Even for those not overweight, studies show that a larger waistline can lead to heart disease. And a group in Germany and Australia found that men should have a WTR (Waist to Tallness Ratio) of 0.55 or less and women less than 0.53. Take your height in inches and men, multiply that number by 0.55 and women by 0.53. Your answer is your upper limit in inches for a healthy waistline.