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Last Updated August 17, 2014 (November 12, 2008, date published)

By Susan Callahan, Health Editor and Featured Columnist

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What is the ideal waist size?  As you might expect,
recommendations vary.

Under the guidelines of the International Diabetes Federation, a
normal waist line for a woman is 32 inches or less, and for a
man it is 38 inches or less.

Many doctors are even more stringent,recommending a target
of 30 inches or less for a woman and 35 inches for a man.

What is clear from a slew of research studies, is that your
waist
size matters.  In fact, if you could change just one single thing
about your body that would have the greatest impact on your
health, that single change should be decreasing your waist size
.

Why? Several studies have found, your waist size actually can
predict your risk for heart disease,
stroke, diabetes, disability,
cancer and higher mortality.  These studies have found that for
every 5 inches that your waist size exceeds the ideal target,
your risk for dying from any cause increases  20% to 40%.


How to Measure Your Waist Size Accurately

To measure your waist, stand in front of a mirror with your feet
apart.  Wrap the tape around your waist just about an inch
above your belly button. Breathe normally -- don't hold your
breath in!


How to Reduce Your Waist

The best way to reduce your waist size is first to get as close as
you can to
your ideal body weight. In addition to that, research
studies have found that certain foods can help you to reduce fat
around your abdomen, particularly foods high in omega-3 fatty
acids such as halibut and salmon.  For your quick reference, we
have assembled a complete list of
foods that shrink your waist.

In addition, research has found that, while most exercises if
done consistently can help to reduce your overall body weight,
only one type of exercise can reduce abdominal fat
disproportionately. We discuss the type of exercise that studies
have found to be effective at reducing visceral abdominal fat in
some detail
here.

After you take a look at what your normal waist size should be
on the charts below, read how your
waist size predicts your risk
for developing heart disease, diabetes and stroke.


Normal Waist Size for a Woman

Here is a chart of the range of waist sizes that are considered
healthy for a woman of different heights.  The column titled
Waist-to-Height Ratio is a way to tell if you are considered
overweight or at an unhealthy waist line.  


Ideal Waist Size for Women of Different Heights (Chart for
Men Below)





















How does your Waist-to-Height Ratio compare with others?  
Here are some ratios for you to use as a comparison: (Article
Continues Below)


































Subjects                                                         Waist-to-Height
Ratio  
Duchess of Cambridge
(the former Kate Middleton
has a 23" waist and is 5'10")                                32.8%

Marilyn Monroe (23" waist and 5'5.5")                 35.1%

Angelina Jolie
(waist 24" estimate, height 5'8")                          35.2%

Beyonce'
(waist 25", height estimate 5'6")                          37.8%

Rihanna
(waist estimate 24", height 5'7")                          35.8%

Michael Phelps,
Olympic gold medal swimmer
(waist 32", height 6'7")                                        40%

President Barack Obama
(33" waist, height 6'1")                                        45%

Taylor Swift,  singer
(estimated 24" waist, height 5'10")                      34.2%

Michael Jackson
(waist 28", height 5'9" to 5'9.5")                         40.2%

Madonna, singer                                                    35.9%
(waist 23",height 5'4")                                                                 
      

Stephanie Germanotta, Lady Gaga
(waist estimate 24" to 25", height, 5'1")               39%

Britney Spears, singer                                            39%
(waist estimate 25", height 5'4")

Cher                                                                      35.2%         
(waist 24", height 5'8")                                                               

Christina Hendricks, of Mad Men                            44.4%
(waist estimate 30-32", height, 5'7.5")

Katy Perry, singer                                                  35.8%
(waist 24", height 5'6.5")

Jennifer Lopez,  actress                                         40%
(waist 26", height  5'4")

Lana del Rey, singer                                               
(waist estimate 23", height 5'7")                           34.3%    


World Health Organization
Cut-off for Increased Risk Females                       49.2%
General Healthy Cutoff                                          50.0%

WHO Increased Risk Males                                    53.6%
WHO Substantially Increased
Risk Females                                                          54.1%

WHO Substantially Increased
Risk Males                                                              58.2%


Here are the Cut-Offs for Waist-to-Height Ratios to Watch,
according to the World Health Organization:

Increased Risk                       Substantially Increased Risk
Waist (WHtR)                         Waist (WHtR)
Men 37.0" (53.6%)                 40.2" (58.3%)
Women 31.5" (49.2%)           34.6" (54.1%)


Normal Waist Size for a Man

Ideal Waist Size for Men of Different Heights (Women
Should Use the Chart Above. Men May Want to Bookmark
this Chart)
























Average Waist Size Is Not the Same as Ideal Waist Size

What is the average waist size in the US?  The charts above give
you the ideal waist sizes for men and women. Ideal waist sizes
should be your goal if you want to stay healthy.
But these are not the
average waist sizes.

Waist sizes in the US and in the UK have increased dramatically
over the past 40 years.

In fact, Government surveys have found that, over the past 40
years, the average waist size for women in the US has increased
23%, from 30 inches to 37 inches. The average waist size for
men has increased 11.4%, from 35 inches to 39 inches.

It's clear that, overall, most of us are not maintaining a healthy
waist size.

Update:

How Does the Average American Waist Size Compare to the
Average Waist Size of Women in Europe?

And the news is not much better for the UK. A survey of over
54,000 people in July of 2012 by researchers from Nuffield
Health, a UK charity, discovered that over 50% of all women in
the UK (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland) have a
waist size that is over the recommended healthy limit.

UK health authorities recommend a waist size of 80 cm (31.49)
or less. But the study found that the average waist size for
women in the UK is 84.9 cm (33.43) approximately 6% larger
than the healthy limit.  

According to another study by scientists at TNS Sofres
Healthcare and Roche Pharmaceuticals in France, women all
over Europe are experiencing the same increases in waist sizes
and dress sizes that started to plague America.  The study, lead
by Dr. Marie-Aline Charles, discovered that since the 1950s,
the
waist size of British women has grown by 6 inches. Their dress
size has increased from a size 12 in to 15. Perhaps more
remarkably, 47% of all British women are a size 16 or larger.

What about the French? Surprisingly, this same study found
that in France, both women and men are starting to gain weight
and grow larger waist lines, though they are still among the
thinnest people in Europe.

Since 1990, the average French man and woman has gained
6.83 lbs and put on 1.85 inches around the waist.

An earlier study by Dr. Marie-Aline Charles and others
completed in 2006 broke out the data just for French women.
Looking at French women only, the data showed they have seen
their waistlines increase from 79.5 to 79.9 centimeters, still
below the magical "80 cm" healthy limit but, for the
weight-conscious French, an unacceptable rise of almost 1/2 a
centimeter --- less than 1/4 of an inch. (Read more on why
Europeans are thinner.)


Are There Racial or Ethnic Differences in Normal Waist Size?

Continue reading   page 1   page 2


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Size 6 Weight Chart

Size 8 Weight Chart
Height
Ideal Waist
Line
Waist-to
-Height
 (%)
Healthy
Range/
Unhealthy
Range
5 feet 1 inch
24 inches
39.5
up to 48%
5 feet 2-3 inches
24 to 25 inches
39.5
up to 48%
5 feet 3 or 4 inches
25 to 25.3
39.5
up to 48%
5 feet 5 inches
25 to 25.5
39.5
up to 48%
5 feet 6 inches
27.5
39.5
up to 48%
5 feet 7 inches
27.75
39.5
up to 48%
5 feet 8 inches
26.8
39.5
up to 48%
5 feet 9 or 10 inches
27.3
39.5
up to 48%
5 feet 11 or 6 feet
28
39.5
up to 48%
Height
Ideal Waist Line
Waist-to-Height
Ratio (%)
Healthy Target
5 feet 5-6
inches
28.5
46%
up to 50%
5 feet 7 inches
31
46
up to 50%
5 feet 8 inches
31.2
46
up to 50%
5 feet 9 inches
31.7
46
up to 50%
5 feet 10 inches
32
46
up to 50%
5 feet 11 inches
32.6
46
up to 50%
6 feet
33.1
46
up to 50%
6 feet 2 inches
34
46
up to 50%
6 feet  4 inches
35
46
up to 50%

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