Calculating Waist Circumference

July 2, 2014 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Waist circumference is used to assess abdominal fat content. The presence of excess body fat in the abdomen, when out of proportion to total body fat, is a sign that you may be at risk for ailments associated with obesity. The risk for diseases such as heart disease or arthritis increases with a waist measurement above 40 inches in men, and 35 inches for women.

To calculate your waist circumference, use a tape measure to comfortably measure the distance around the smallest area below the rib cage and above your belly button.

Source: The Wellness Council of America

Entry filed under: Managing your health.

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