In an effort to combat obesity, the Australian government is set to hand out 700,000 specially designed measuring tapes to doctors, health centres and the general public.  Recently out-eating the US to claim the fattest nation in the world title, Australia currently has over 9 million obese and overweight adults, which accounts for around 44% of its population.

The measuring tapes are color coded to indicate a healthy or at risk waist size, green for lean and red for spread. Although the tapes are not entirely accurate in diagnosing obesity, excess waist fat is a good indicator of internal fat deposits which lead to a number of health risks, including heart disease.

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