Also my waist to hip ratio is 0.9 which puts me in the high risk catagory. I was diagnosed with stage 2 hypertension 2 months ago and resolved to lose about a stone steadily. So I cut out salt and saturated fats and now walk 2 or 3 miles daily in the hope I could lower the bp on my own and avoid medicine - which I don't want. Despite all this effort I am gutted to find that my whopping waist measurement [36"] hasn't gone down at all and it gives me a waist to hip ratio of 0.9 - which puts me in a 'high risk category'. I had considered myself a fit and healthy 70 yrs old woman with a reasonably slim shape but obviously have become an apple - a Bramley more like! Could this [dangerous?] body fat round my waist be the cause of the hbp? Is there anything I can do?