Waist circumference (distance around the waist) is a common measure used to check
for fat held around the stomach. Having extra body fat around the stomach-more than
35 in. (88 cm) for women and more than 40 in. (102 cm) for men-increases your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
How to measure waist circumference: Place a tape measure around your body at the top
of your hipbone. This is usually at the level of your belly button.
Current as of: March 28, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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