The Importance of Waist Circumference2018-07-13T11:53:54+00:00

Metabolic Balance® and Waist Circumference

What does it measure?

Waist circumference is a simple check to tell if you are carrying excess body fat around your middle.

Where your fat is on your body can be an important sign of your risk of developing ongoing health problems. Carrying excess body fat around your middle is more of a health risk than if weight is on your hips and thighs.

Regardless of your height or build, a waist measurement indicates the level of internal fat deposits which coat the heart, kidneys, liver, digestive organs and pancreas. This can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Waist measurement helps to assess risk by measuring the amount of fat carried around your middle. It can be used along with measuring your body mass index (BMI). Together, these tools give an indication of your risk linked with excess body fat.

How to measure your waist

  1. Find the top of your hip bone and the bottom of your ribs.
  2. Breathe out normally.
  3. Place the tape measure midway between these points and wrap it around your waist.
  4. Check your measurement.

Your health is at risk if your waist size is

FOR WOMEN – over 80cm

FOR MEN – over 94cm

Metabolic Balance® can help to reduce your waist circumference using a science-based nutrition program that uses completely individualised diets to support weight loss and achieve health goals! Watch our naturopath, Mel, talk more about it HERE! 

Please note: Waist circumference is less accurate in some situations, including pregnancy, medical conditions where there is distension of the abdomen, and for certain groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, South Asian, Chinese and Japanese adults. Talk to your doctor for more information.Waist measurements should only be used for adults to check their risk of developing a chronic disease. 

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Disclaimer: metabolic balance® is not a medically supervised program. The metabolic balance® plan and system is designed to help healthy individuals lose weight and achieve a healthier lifestyle. It is a recommended dietary program only and in no way represents medical treatment or medical advice. The program does not constitute a medical product or service and does not diagnose or treat any medical condition or disease. It does not accommodate for physical or medical conditions, food allergies or the taking of any prescription drugs. All medical conditions and your current health status should be discussed with your physician prior to beginning this, or any other, weight loss program