Why should you measure your waist?
How to do it?
- Remove or raise clothing. You will need to do this as to get a correct measurement the tape needs to be resting against your skin. If your pants are in the way, undo them and pull them down around your hips.
- Find your bellybutton. Use your fingers to find your bellybutton, which is located in the centre of your stomach.
- Wrap the measuring tape around your waist. Breathe normally and stand up straight. Hold the end of the tape measure at your navel and circle it around your back to the front of your waist. The measuring tape should be parallel to the floor and fit snugly around your torso without digging into your skin.
- Make sure that the measuring tape is straight all the way around and is not twisted anywhere, especially in the back.
- Read the tape. Check the measurement on the tape. Your waist measurement will be at the place on the tape where the zero end meets the slack end of the tape measure. The number indicates your waist measurement in inches and/or centimeters, depending on the type of measuring tape you used.
- Double-check your measurement. Repeat the measurement once more to ensure the accuracy of your original measurement. If it is different from the first time, measure for a third time and take the average of the three numbers.
A very good indicator of if you are at unhealthy risk is to divide your height in half.
An example of this would be a 5ft 4in (64 inch) woman should keep her waist under 32 inches for a good, healthy reading.