Why measure waist circumference?

Measuring your waist circumference is a simple check to tell how much body fat you have and where it is placed around your body.

Where your fat is located can be an important sign of your risk of developing an ongoing health problem.

No matter what your height or build, an increased waistline is a sign that you could be at greater risk of developing serious ongoing health problems including chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and some cancers.

Waist measurement compares closely with body mass index (BMI), however waist measurement is often seen as a better way of checking a person’s risk of developing a chronic disease.

Measuring your waistline is a simple check

For an accurate measurement:

  • Measure directly against your skin
  • Breathe out normally.
  • Make sure the tape is snug, without compressing the skin.
  • The correct place to measure your waist is horizontally halfway between your lowest rib and the top of your hipbone. This is roughly in line with your belly button.

What does my waist measurement mean?

The waist measurements below (no matter what your height is) suggest you have an increased risk of developing a chronic disease:

Increased risk
- Men: more than 94 centimetres
- Women: more than 80 centimetres
Greatly increased risk 
- Men: more than 102 centimetres
- Women: more than 88 centimetres

About John Hart… John has a :

Master’s In Education” (Disability/Rehab)Newcastle UniversityAustralia

“Grad Cert Education”NewcastleUniversity”Australia

“Diploma Fitness/Recreation”

“Diploma of Sport and Recreation”

“Cert 4 Personal Training”

“Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach”

Member of ASCA (Australian Strength and Conditioning Association)

Accredited First Aid Trainer

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