Waist Circumference (WC)
WC is a measurement of centralized weight (i.e. belly fat) and elevated measurements are strongly associated with an increased risk of developing other metabolic diseases. We recommend using it as a starting point in your weight biology assessment, but also using it as a tool to monitor the positive physical impact of healthier lifestyle choices.
How do you measure Waist Circumference?
- Stand and place a tape measure around your middle, just above your hip bones
- Make sure tape is horizontal around the waist.
- Keep the tape snug around the waist, but not compressing the skin.
- Measure your waist just after you breathe out.
What is considered a ‘normal’ Waist Circumference?
- Less than 40 inches
- less than 35 inches
To learn more about the role that race and ethnicity plays in your waist circumference, check out this article.