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Determine Your Waist Circumference
The second step is to take your waist measurement. For women, a waist measurement of over 35 inches increases the risk of heart disease, as well as the risks of high blood pressure, diabetes, and other serious health conditions. For men, a waist measurement of more than 40 inches increases these risks. To measure your waist correctly, stand and place a tape measure around your middle, just above your hipbones. Measure your waist just after you breathe out.
 
The following table provides you with an idea of whether your BMI combined with your waist circumference increases your risk for developing obesity-associated heart disease, other cardiovascular diseases (such as stroke), type 2 diabetes, or high blood pressure.
 
Classification of Overweight and Obesity by BMI, Waist Circumference,
and Associated Disease Risks
 
 
 
Disease Risk Relative to Normal Weight and Waist Circumference
 
BMI
(kg/m2)
Obesity
Class
Men 102 cm (40 in) or less
Women 88 cm (35 in) or less
Men > 102 cm (40 in)
Women > 88 cm (35 in)
Underweight
< 18.5
 
-
-
Normal
18.5 - 24.9
 
-
-
Overweight
25.0 - 29.9
 
Increased
High
Obesity
30.0 - 34.9
I
High
Very High
 
35.0 - 39.9
II
Very High
Very High
Extreme Obesity
40.0  
III
Extremely High
Extremely High
 
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