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 in. (88 cm) for women and more than
40 in. (102 cm) for
men—increases your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
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
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator