What are the category values 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.

Gender Classification Waist Circumference


Ideal 0.0 inches to 40.0 inches


High 40.1 inches and above


Ideal 0.0 inches to 35.0 inches


High 35.1 inches and above


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

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