Waist Circumference

Knowing your waist size can offer valuable information about your overall health risk. It is an approximate index of intra abdominal fat mass and total body fat. Apart from maintaining a healthy body weight, it is important to maintain an individual’s waist circumference within healthy limits.

Optimum waist circumference

  • Males - 90 cm (36 inch)
  • Females - 80 cm (32 inch)

If waist circumference of an individual exceeds the above, he/she is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular and other forms of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes hypertension, etc.

(Source- International diabetes federation cuoff values to diagnose metabolic syndrome; Alberty et al 2006)