Waist Measurement: How To Measure Your Waist Circumference for Health

The waist circumference measurement can indicate excess belly fat. If your waist measurement exceeds the recommended maximum. You could be at increased risk of

  • cardiovascular disease,
  • type 2 diabetes,
  • high blood pressure

and other health risks – not to mention making your clothes a tight fit!

Like the Body Mass Index Calculator (BMI) the waist circumference measurement is only a guide and does not diagnose any illness. However it is a handy guide to potential health risks.

Changes in the measurement of the waist can also indicate changes in your health profile. It can reduce the risk of chronic illness.

According to the National Institutes of Health your waist circumference should not exceed 40″ (men) or 35″ (women)

  • Waist circumference measurement for male should not more than 40″ (102″)
  • Waist circumference measurement for female should not more than 35″ (89cm)

    If your waist circumference exceeds the recommended maximum measurement. Please consult your doctor, registered dietician or other accredited health professional.