ABDOMINAL OBESITY ASSESSMENT

Waist Circumference

This is a simple measurement of your waist circumference.  It is to determine if you have central (abdominal) obesity (see figure below).

 

Abdominal Obesity Measurement Guidelines for Different Ethnic Group

Country / Ethnic Group Gender Waist Circumference

(as measure of central obesity)

Europids Male ≥ 94 cm
Female ≥ 80 cm
USA (AIPIC) Male ≥ 102 cm
Female ≥ 88 cm
South Asians (Asian-Indian population, Malay) Male ≥ 90 cm
Female ≥ 80 cm
Chinese Male ≥ 90 cm
Female ≥ 80 cm
Japanese Male ≥ 90 cm
Female ≥ 80 cm
Ethnic South and Central Americans Use South Asian recommendations until more specific data are available
Sub-Saharan Africans Use European data until more specific data are available
Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (Arab) populations Use European data until more specific data are available

 

Increased waist circumference is associated with increased cardiovascular risk and also associated with metabolic syndrome and potential to develop diabetes.

Increased waist circumference is also a marker for increased risk even in persons of normal weight.