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Program Overview

Program Phases

Measuring Waist

KicStart™ VLCD

Portion Control


Type 2 Diabetes

Excess weight carried around the abdomen is an independent risk factor for health problems such as: 

  • Heart disease;
  • Type 2 diabetes; and
  • Increased complications of diabetes


When you reduce the amount of fat you carry around your waist (thereby reducing the fat surrounding your internal organs) you are effectively decreasing your risk. Every centimetre that you can lose will help.

A healthy goal for Caucasian people is aim for a waist circumference of:

  • Men: less than 102cm (or 94cm if in a higher risk populations eg for those with type 2 diabetes) 
  • Women: less than 88cm (or 80cm if in a higher risk populations eg for those with type 2 diabetes) 

At present there is a consensus among diabetes experts that waist circumference targets should be adjusted downwards for Indian, Asian and Aboriginal populations and adjusted upwards for Maori and other Pacific Islander populations, but as yet, no definitive measurements have been determined.

If you are from one of these populations you should speak to your specialist or ask your GP for a waist circumference target that is appropriate for you.


Measurement Technique

It is important to know how to measure your waist correctly so you can follow the same procedure each time – this will make sure that the measurements taken each week can be compared to one another accurately.

To consistently measure your waist circumference, take the tape measure that you received with your phase 1 kit:

  • Find the 'v' shaped notch at the base of your throat and measure straight
    down 35-40cm
  • Measure your belly at this level each time.


Another commonly used measurement to determine if a persons weight is healthy
or unhealthy is Body Mass Index. To find out more and measure your own BMI, click here.

Additional Help, Information, Support

For additional help, information or support please don't hesitate to contact the Healthy Weight For Life team at any time on

Phone: 1800 226 180 (free call)
Email:  hwfl@hwfl.com.au
Web:   http://diabetes.hwfl.com.au

Complaints or Concerns

The Type 2 Diabetes Healthy Weight For Life program is run by Prima Health Solutions Pty Ltd (Prima) for and on behalf of participating health insurance funds.

If you have a complaint or concern about any aspect of the Program please don't hesitate to contact Luke Lawler, Prima CEO and Scientific Director directly, on

Phone: 1800 226 180 (free call)
Email: luke@primahealth.com.au

About Prima Health Solutions

PRIMA is a quality certified health care organisation (AS/NZS ISO 9001:2015) that is dedicated to the research, development and remote delivery of specialised obesity related chronic disease management and prevention products and programs.

The PRIMA products and services include KicStart™ VLCD, the Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight for Life program, the Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Healthy Weight for Life™ programs.