The  waist  circumference  is  also  a  reliable  method  of estimating  the  weight  of  the  individual  and  also  the  intraabdominal  fat  mass.  The  measurement  of  the  waist  is

taken half way between the iliac crest (hip bone) and the  edge  of  the  last  and  lowest  rib.

The  WHO  –  World  Health  Organization  recommends  the following as  normal  or  healthy  values.


Maximum  of  31.5  inches  or  80cm.  measurements  above 34.5in/88cm  are  considered  unhealthy .


Maximum of 37 inches or 94cm. Measurement above 40in/102cm are  considered  unhealthy  because  it’s  an  indication  of  buildup  of excess fat  around the  digestive organs, intra-abdominal  area: which can  lead  to  insulin  resistance  (favours  development  of  diabetes).

Focus  of  weight  management

Weight  management  should  be  considered  under  these  broad categories.

a. gaining  weight  (for  under  weights:  BMI  <  18.5),

b. Maintaining  weight  (Ideal  Weight  BMI=  18.5  to  24.5  or

higher  who  are  comfortable  with  it),

c. losing  weight  (overweight:  BMI>25<30)  and  obese  >30

Bottom  line

Most medical professionals now think the BMI should be just one of many measurements used to assess health and that your weight on the scale is not ultimate  in  determining  the  overall  health  of  a  person.

A  person who is  overweight, eats healthy and is  physically active can be healthier  than  one  who  is  of  normal  weight  and  eats  unhealthy  diet coupled  with  physical  inactivity.

Fat  around  the  waist  is  more  biologically  active  and  can  do  more  damage to  your  body  than  the  weight on  the  scale.  Waist  circumference  is  more reliable  and  more  closely  correlated  with  diseases  associated  with obesity. Other factors such as blood pressure, blood glucose; cholesterol in blood  e.t.c.  should  be  used  to  determine  the  health  of  a  person.

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