Health Plus
September 27, 2011

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