Your waist size can be an important measure of
Waist circumference is an
indirect indicator of intra-abdominal fat tissue, often called visceral fat. A
large waist circumference is associated with an increased risk of type 2
diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease
because of excess abdominal fat.
To measure your 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. You are at
increased risk for health problems if you are:
A man with a waist measurement greater than
40 in. (102 cm).
A woman with a waist measurement greater than
35 in. (88 cm).
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator