According to the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, waist circumference is a good indicator of abdominal fat.
Abdominal fat is a predictor of risk for developing high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other conditions.
You can determine your waist circumference by placing a flexible tape measure snugly around your waist.
Waist measurement of over 40 inches for men and over 35 inches for women indicates increased health risk.
- skinfold thickness using calipers
- impedence measurements, handheld or built into scales
- hydrostatic underwater weighing
- dual-energy x-ray absorption (DEXA)