What should my waist measurement be?

A ratio of around 0.4 - 0.5 is considered to be a healthy range for waist measurements.

This is a very simple calculation based on the ratio of your waist measurement in relation to how tall you are. Needless to say, as with all these types of calculations, are they only meant as a guide as every person is individual with differing body compositions from bone density and size through to muscle mass and water content. The following table lists these average waist measurement ranges for both men and women:

Height (cm) Waist Measurement Range (cm)
140 56.01 - 70.01
141 56.41 - 70.51
142 56.81 - 71.01
143 57.21 - 71.51
144 57.61 - 72.01
145 58.01 - 72.51
146 58.41 - 73.01
147 58.81 - 73.51
148 59.21 - 74.01
149 59.61 - 74.51
150 60.01 - 75.01
151 60.41 - 75.51
152 60.81 - 76.01
153 61.21 - 76.51
154 61.61 - 77.01
155 62.01 - 77.51
156 62.41 - 78.01
157 62.81 - 78.51
158 63.21 - 79.01
159 63.61 - 79.51
160 64.01 - 80.01
161 64.41 - 80.51
162 64.81 - 81.01
163 65.21 - 81.51
164 65.61 - 82.01
165 66.01 - 82.51
166 66.41 - 83.01
167 66.81 - 83.51
168 67.21 - 84.01
169 67.61 - 84.51
170 68.01 - 85.01
171 68.41 - 85.51
172 68.81 - 86.01
173 69.21 - 86.51
174 69.61 - 87.51
175 70.01 - 87.51
176 70.41 - 88.01
177 70.81 - 88.51
178 71.21 - 89.01
179 71.61 - 89.51
180 72.01 - 90.01
181 72.41 - 90.51
182 72.81 - 91.01
183 73.21 - 91.51
184 73.61 - 92.01
185 74.01 - 92.51
186 74.41 - 93.01
187 74.81 - 93.51
188 75.21 - 94.01
189 75.61 - 94.51
190 76.01 - 95.01


If you know your waist measurement and height you can use our online waist to height calculator.

Recommended Maximum Waist Measurements:

Maximum waist measurement for women: 81 - 89 cm
Maximum waist measurement for men: 94 - 102 cm

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