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myhealthywaist.org

The most comprehensive educational website on the relationships between abdominal obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

 
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Waist circumference measurement guidelines

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Ethnic-specific waist circumference

The following table (Table 1) summarizes IDF waist circumference values according to ethnicity and gender. However, these values have not been validated against "hard" clinical outcomes and therefore provide "ballpark" figures to patients and their treating physicians.

Table 1: Ethnic-specific waist circumference values for the clinical diagnosis of abdominal obesity and the metabolic syndrome as proposed by the IDF

Table 1: Ethnic-specific waist circumference values for the clinical diagnosis of abdominal obesity and the metabolic syndrome as proposed by the IDF

Clinical diagnosis

The metabolic syndrome can be diagnosed by primary care physicians (Table 2) and is most often caused by poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle that lead to abdominal fat accumulation and insulin resistance (the cells of your body do not respond normally to insulin). You cannot diagnose the metabolic syndrome by yourself. So if you think that your waistline puts you at risk, please see your physician. Prevention is key. Invest in your health!

Table 2: Criteria for the clinical diagnosis of the metabolic syndrome according to the IDF

Table 2: Criteria for the clinical diagnosis of the metabolic syndrome according to the IDF