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Measuring Waist Circumference

Measuring waist circumference

A simple way of assessing obesity, risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality rate especially in older adults

familyWorld Health Organisation recommends that to measure waist circumference:

a) locate the mid-point between the lowest rib and the top of the hip bone, measure with a tape measure in order to monitor changes in waist circumference. For a more accurate measurement, take the readings around the waist

b) expirate normally, while standing with arms relaxed by the two sides

c) waist measurement interpretation table

Ideal Waist Circumference
  OK Increasing risk Highly Increased Risk
Male (Caucasian origin) 37” (94cm) 37”-39” (94-101cm) 40” and above (102cm)
Male (Asian) 36” (90-93cm) 37” (94cm) 38” and above (95cm)
Female (Caucasian) 31.5” (80cm) 31.5”-35” (80-87cm) 35” and above (88cm)
Female (Asian) >31.5” (>80cm)   31.5” (80cm)


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