A large belly is more likely to put you at risk for health problems. So measure your waist to help gauge your health.
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute advises:
- Stand up while measuring your waist circumference.
- Place a tape measure above the hip bones around the middle of your waist.
- Take the measurement after you have exhaled.
- Having a waist circumference of more than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men increases your risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.