Waist circumference (distance around the waist) is a common measure
used to check for fat held around the stomach. Having extra body fat around the
stomach—more than 88 cm (35 in.) for women and more than
102 cm (40 in.) for
men—increases your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
How to measure waist circumference: Place a tape measure around your
body at the top of your hip bone. This is usually at the level of your belly
button, as shown in the picture above.
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