Waist Measurement


How to measure waist circumference: Place a tape measure around your body at the top of your hipbone. This is usually at the level of your belly button.

Waist circumference (distance around the waist) is a common measure used to check for fat held around the stomach. Having extra body fat around the stomach—more than 35 inchs. (88 cm) for women and more than 40 inchs. (102 cm) for men— shows you are in category of obesity which increases your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD – Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Rhonda O’Brien, MS, RD, CDE – Certified Diabetes Educator
Current as of March 12, 2014

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Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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