Waist Circumference, like BMI, is a useful non-invasive predictor of morbidity (the state of being diseased) and mortality.
Because some people’s natural body composition is less likely to lend itself to a “healthy” BMI score, waist circumference serves as a trustworthy tool with which to cross reference BMI reading.
Registering both high waist circumference & BMI is a strong indication that weight loss is recommended.
Obesity indicates there are likely excess internal fat deposits coating the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas.
These excess internal fat deposits put you at a higher risk for obesity-related conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, inflammation, kidney disease, heart disease, and diabetes.
To measure your waist, place a tape measure around your naked abdomen just below your ribs, & just above your hip bone. Be sure the tape measure is snug, but does not compress your skin. Relax, exhale, and measure your waist.