HomeAboutHealthy eatingPhysical activityStop smokingWorkplacesBreast feedingMental wellbeingNews & eventsSuccess stories
Site Search

Enter what you are looking for into the box below.


A balanced diet Tips for healthy eating How big are your portions? Snacking the healthier way Eating Disorders Alcohol How to read a food label Tips for cooking healthily What is your Body Mass Index? What is your waist size? What factors may affect your weight Interactive tools Links

What is your waist size?

Your waist measurement (often called waist circumference) is also as important as your BMI and is an easy way to find out if the fat on your body is stored in places that put your health at greater risk.

Research shows that people with a more 'apple' shaped body (with most of their fat in and around their abdomen or middle), have a greater risk of developing conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. But 'pear' shaped figures (where most of the fat is around the hips/bottom) are linked to a lower risk of developing these diseases.

How to measure your waist

Find the bottom of your ribs and the top of your hips and measure in the middle. For most people this is where their tummy button is. The tape should be snug and level.

You're at a higher risk of health problems if your waist measurement is over:

If your waist measurement is higher than the recommended guidelines then you will be at increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Waist measurement is a better predictor of type 2 diabetes compared to BMI as it determines the amount of fat collected around your tummy. The risk of type 2 diabetes is increased further if your BMI is more than 25 and you lead a sedentary lifestyle.

For more information for type 2 diabetes click on the link below:


Cookie Policy