Why record waist measurements?
The size of a person’s waist or waist circumference is an indicator of overall health. Excess abdominal fat is a known risk factor for developing heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and other obesity related diseases.
Waist measurement, in conjunction with weight and lifestyle factors is considered to be an indicator of overall health risk.
What does waist measurement tell you?
Studies have shown that excess weight carried on the abdomen results in greater health problems than excess weight carried on the hips or thighs. The location of fat on your body is a risk factor for health.
A high waist circumference has been associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, low LDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease.
Are you a pear or apple shape?
Apple-shaped bodies tend to gain weight around their middle and are more likely to develop heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Pear-shaped bodies carry their excess weight around their hips, bottom and thighs. There tends to be greater health risks for apple than pear shaped men and women.
What is a normal waist measurement?
According to the National, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute an ideal or normal waist circumference for men would be 102cm (40 in) or less for men and 88 cm (35 in) or less for women. The NHLBI classify the risk of obesity related diseases as high if: men have a waist circumference greater than 102 cm or 40 inches, and women have a waist circumference of 88 cm or 35 inches.
How do I measure my waist?
To measure your waist circumference, place a tape measure around your bare abdomen just above your hip bone. Be sure that the tape is snug, but does not compress your skin, and is parallel to the floor. Try to relax and exhale then take a waist measurement. If it is difficult to locate the hip bone, then place the tape at the level of the belly button.
Kellie is 37 years old and together with her brother Steve makes up the My Health Software team.
She helps on the websites and gathering news for the programs. Kellie worked in the medical industry prior to having her two children (8 and 6) and has a strong interest in self awareness and management of health conditions.