Waist measurement is a good way to check your fat distribution.  Carrying too much weight around your middle increases your risk of developing many conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

To measure your waist, find the bottom of your ribs and the top of your hips.  Measure around your middle at a point mid-way between these (for many people this will be the tummy button).  The table below can be used to see if you are at risk of ill health.  These measurements refer to adults only.


Waist measurement for At increased risk At high risk


94cm (37 inches)

102cm (40 inches)


80cm (32 inches)

88cm (35 inches)



If you are at increased risk, now would be a good time to make healthy lifestyle changes that would reduce or prevent any further increase.  If you are at high risk then losing weight and reducing your waist size would improve your health.  Changing your eating habits and becoming more physically active would also have many benefits.

If you would like to arrange an appointment with a dietitian, please call 021 4941930.

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