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Waist Measurement Is a Good Indicator of Your Health

15 Seconds to a Healthier You

It's not always the hours we spend at the gym that make the largest impact on our health, but it can be the small things we do in a few minutes (or even seconds) that matter most.

Take 15 seconds to measure your waist. All you have to do is wrap a measuring tape around it (about belly-button level). For women, having a waist of 35 inches or more is a key indicator of abdominal obesity if your body mass index is less than 25. For men, it's 40 inches. Abdominal obesity unfortunately ups your risk for heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and even cancer, so if you fall above those numbers then you should really think about losing a few inches.


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emalove emalove 9 years
Mine is 24 inches. I was just measured recently for a bridesmaid dress I'll be wearing this summer. Jianna, I bet yours is less than what you're thinking...especially if you're 5'3" and only 120 pounds...I'm also 5'3" and weigh about 110 pounds. 35 inches might be closer to what your hip measurement is...I am pretty sure my hip measurement was around there.
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
23" waist on me.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
jianna, if you weigh 120 but you're around 5'3 I wouldn't worry, I think you're just fine.
jianna jianna 9 years
I don't have a measuring tape handy, but I have a feeling I'm at least close to 35 or over, but I can't remember from the last time I measured that area. Which is seriously what the heck because I seriously only weigh 120 lbs. Being short SUCKS.
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 9 years
When you lose fat, you just lose fat, you dont get to chose where it comes from. Apple shapes (vs pear) have a higher incidence of obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. It's because the fat in your belly is the fat from the greater omentum which is basically fat hanging off of your heart.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 9 years
Hey kiddylnd... congrats - 65lbs is great. You're doing something right for sure! Do you do cardio daily?
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
I've been reading a lot about this lately and it's very concerning. I know I'm overweight, and I've lost about 65lbs so far. My problem is that I pretty much cary most of my weight in my abdomen! No matter how much I'm losing, I don't seem to be losing in that area at ALL. What are the best ways to reduce fat in the abdomen?
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I am a-ok :WOOHOO:
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