Many adults don’t realise the impact that excess weight around the waist can have on their overall health and well being.
A waist measurement of more than 80cm for women and 94cm for men can increase the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
There are two ways to assess your health risk:
1. Measure your waist circumference
This is a simple way to assess your risk of developing health problems such as some cancers, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
To measure your waist correctly:
- Measure directly against your skin
- Breathe out normally
- Make sure the tape is snug, without compressing the skin
- Measure halfway between your lowest rib and the top of your hipbone, roughly in line with your belly button.
|Health Risk||Waist Measurement (cm)|
|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/pounds by your height in metres squared. To work out your BMI, use the calculation below.
Cancer Council NSW supports the Measure Up campaign in raising awareness of the risk of chronic disease.
How healthy is your diet?
Take the Measure Up healthy eating quiz to help you assess your current eating and drinking habits. What can you do better to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight?
Find out how your activity measures up.
Take the Measure Up physical activity quiz to help you assess your physical activity habits. What can you do to increase your physical activity level and achieve and maintain a healthy weight?