Waist Circumference

Waist circumference in adults is a very good indicator of visceral fat and is a far better predictor than BMI (body mass index) for risk of a person developing metabolic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017-18 National Health Survey, 63% of Australian adults had an “at risk” waist circumference, which puts them at a higher risk of developing chronic disease.

Measuring your waist circumference:

  1. Find the top of your hip bone and the bottom of your ribs
  2. Place a tape measure in between these points in line with the belly button and wrap it around yourself so that it is gently touching your skin
  3. Breathe out normally and check your measurement.

If you are a male, and your waist circumference is greater than 102cms, or you are a female, and your waist circumference is greater than 88cms, your weight-related health risk is HIGH. It is recommended that you see your GP or your MedSurg Weight Loss Doctor for advice.