Carrying too much body fat is generally not good for your health, especially if it’s around the midsection. A quick check of that is to take a tape measure and measure your waist, which is right at the level of your belly button. The American Heart Association recommends that women be less than 35 inches and then the less than 40 inches. This weight around your midsection is especially bad because it is around and in(!) your internal organs. Excess body fat increases your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes.