Waist Circumference

Measuring waist circumference helps screen for possible health risks that come with overweight and obesity. If most of fat is around waist rather than at hips, patients at a higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. This risk goes up with a waist size that is greater than 35 inches for women or greater than 40 inches for men. To correctly measure waist, stand and place a tape measure around your middle, just above hipbones.

Please note these are only mathematical calculations. The actual calories used by your body may be much higher or much lower depending on many factors, such as lifestyle, medical history and conditions, and family history.