Knowing your waist size can give you important information about your health risks. Too much abdominal fat puts you at high risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

A high waist circumference is:

  • A man with waist measurement over 40 inches (102 cm).
  • A woman with waist measurement over 35 inches (88 cm).

To measure your waist circumference:

  • use a tape measure
  • bring it all the way around; level with your navel
  • make sure it's not too tight and that it is parallel with the floor
  • don't hold your breath while measuring

How we can help:

  • Health Plus offers weight screening throughout the year at Know Your Numbers events.
  • For help with getting to a healthy weight, Vanderbilt Health & Wellness offers the Vanderbilt Healthier You program. Health Plus provides credit to those who want to participate in the Vanderbilt Weight Watchers at Work program. Call 343-8943 for more information.
  • If you would like to make lifestyle changes and would like the support of a Lifestyle Coach contact Health Plus.

Keywords: Waist, Waist Size, Waist Circumference, Weight, Weight Management