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Waist circumference (WC) is the distance around your natural waist line, just above the navel.
The WC method can be used along with measuring your BMI. Together, these two tools can give you an indication of your risks linked with excess body fat.
Regardless of your height or build, a waist measurement greater than 40 inches (102 cm) for men and 35 inches (89 cm) for women is an indicator of the level of internal fat deposits which coat the heart, kidneys, liver, digestive organs and pancreas. This excess of fat has been known to increase the risks of heart disease and stroke.
Waist Circumference - Body Mass Index
Body composition refers to the percentages of fat, bone, water and muscle in the human body. This body-fat distribution appears to be determined by a combination of factors like aging, hormonal imbalances and environmental and genetic factors.
Waist circumference and body mass index (BMI) are indirect ways to assess your body composition.
The Body Mass Index(BMI) is a number based on a person's height and weight.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been using this data as the standard for recording obesity statistics since the early 1980's. It is the most useful population-level measure of obesity due to Its simplicity measuring whether sedentary individuals are underweight, overweight or obese. With various exceptions, such as athletes, children, the elderly, and the infirm.
Waist Circumference and Waist–Hip Ratio:Report of WHO. Geneva, 8–11 December 2008
Guidelines based on recommendations by The American Heart Association.