How do you measure up?

Many adults don’t realise the impact that excess weight around the waist can have on their overall health and well being.

Here are two ways you can assess your health risk:

1. Measure your waist circumference
To measure your waist correctly:

  • Measure halfway between your lowest rib and the top of your hipbone, roughly in line with your belly button.
  • Measure directly against your skin
  • Breathe out normally
  • Make sure the tape is snug, without compressing the skin
Risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes Waist Measurement (cm)
Women Men
Increased 80cm or more 94cm or more
Greatly increased 88cm or more 102cm or more

2. Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI)
BMI estimates how healthy your weight is in relation to your height.   Calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres squared. To work out your BMI, use the calculator: Calculate BMI

For information and support to lead a healthier lifestyle, visit the NSW Government’s Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service.

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