Knowing your waist circumference
The measurement of your waist circumference is an alternate option for determining if you are overweight or obese. The derived value is dependent of the amount of intra-abdominal fat deposited around your waist. This is seen mostly in those with ‘apple-shaped’ body outlines compared with those with ‘pear-shaped’ body outlines.
Abdominal obesity is a risk for lifestyle-related diseases (LRDs) or non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Tips to follow when measuring your waist
- Take measurement while standing upright.
- Avoid taking the measurement after a meal.
- Place the tape measure directly on the skin, but without tightening it.
- Landmark for measurement is mid-way between your lowest ribs and the top of your hip bones, usually at the level of the umbilicus.
- Breathe out as you measure.
- Measure to the nearest centimetre (cm).
Women: 80 cm and below
Men: 94 cm and below
Women: more than 80 cm
Men: more than 94 cm
Women: more than 88 cm
Men: more than 102 cm