What does our waist measurement potentially tell us?
Our waist measurement can be a good indicator of potential health risks, such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, this due to the amount of body fat potentially being carried around the waist area.
For us ladies, this tends to be one of the main areas together with the abdomen where we may gain weight, particularly as we approach menopause, during menopause & post menopause.
There is an increased risk of health problems if a woman's waist circumference is over 80cm (32") or a man's is over 94cm (37").
There is a severe risk of health problems if a woman's waist circumference is over 88cm (35") and South Asian women over 80cm (32") and a man's is over 102cm (40") and South Asian men over 90cm (35.5")
How to measure
Use an anthropometric tape measure which is a calibrated tape measure that doesn't stretch.
Measure the waist at the narrowest part of the trunk.
When measuring pull the tape tight enough to keep it in position without indenting your skin.
Measuring the waist is just one measurement that we take.
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