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What should my waist measurement be?

What should my waist measurement be?

Less than 40 inches for men: 35 inches for women

Men:

Less than 40 inches (102 centimeters)
Men with a waist circumference greater than 40 inches are considered to have abdominal obesity.

Women:

Less than 35 inches (88 centimeters)
Women with a waist circumference greater than 35 inches are considered to have abdominal obesity.

Higher waist measurements, and therefore higher amounts of belly fat are linked to: type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides.

Your waist circumference is typically measured between your belly button and the center of your rib cage.

Sources:
ACSM’s guidelines for exercise testing and prescription, 7th ed. 2006
Bray GA. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Am J of Clin Nutr 2004;79:347-349.




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