What is the Ideal range for Waist Circumference?

Waist circumference is one of the most practical tools to assess abdominal fat for chronic disease risk and during weight loss treatment. A high waist circumference or a greater level of abdominal fat is associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Based on your gender, the ideal range for waist circumference is the following:

Gender Waist Circumference


0.0 inches to 40.0 inches


0.0 inches to 35.0 inches


Source: Center for Disease Control, DNPAO (Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity)

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