Why is Waist Measurement Important?
When it comes to your health, your waist measurement is extremely important. If your BMI is over the healthy range, this means you're probably carrying extra fat. But did you know your health could be at greater risk depending on where you store that fat?
Spare body fat is stored under the skin and also around the vital organs in your abdomen. Fat around the abdomen causes more health problems than fat carried elsewhere in the body (thighs/bottom).
Having a large amount of fat around the stomach makes you more likely to develop Diabetes and Heart Problems.
Therefore, it is important to measure your waist and find out if you are carrying any excess fat that you need to get rid of.
To measure your waist, place the tape horizontally around the stomach mid way between the bottom of your ribs and the top of your hips - usually in line with your belly button!
Ideal waist measurement for women is:
Ideal: less than 80cm (32")
High: 80cm to 88cm (32" to 35")
Very high: more than 88cm (35")
Ideal waist measurement for men is:
Ideal: less than 94cm (37")
High: 94cm to 102cm (37" to 40")
Very high: more than 102cm (40")
Your body shape is extremely important in letting you know where you need to lose weight. If you carry excess weight around your stomach, that means you're an "apple" shape. Those who carry excess fat around the bottom and thighs are "pear" shaped.
Wherever you carry excess weight on your body, this area would benefit from losing weight. But if you're an apple shape, it's particularly important that you take action to reduce the fat around the stomach to achieve a healthy weight.