Rugby fans health checks

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RUGBY fans will be able to get vital health advice ahead of the Warriors clash with Leeds Rhinos tonight.

As part of the fight against obesity in the borough, the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk (ICCR) will be outside the DW Stadium urging fans to come and have their waists measured in a bid to raise awareness that excess fat which increases the chances of becoming victim to two of the biggest causes of premature deaths - type two diabetes and heart disease.

Fans won’t be told to go on a strict diet or become a permanent fixture in the gym, they will be given simple pointers on small changes they can make to their lifestyle.

The ICCR will also be speaking to fans about the dangers of consuming too many sugar-sweetened drinks which can greatly contribute to abdominal obesity.

Fans will be given handy pocket sized cards showing them different ways to streamline their waists including keeping an eye on the liquid calories, not just those in food.

Whilst fruit juice may be seen as the healthy option these drinks can often be deceptive and have very high sugar levels, the best hydration being water.

Jean-Claude Coubard, of the ICCR, said: “Knowing your waist measurement is vital to help you manage your weight and we hope fans will keep an eye on their waistline as well as the ball.”