What is my custom healthy waist size? How much should I reduce my waist size to be in the healthy range?
By George Fernandez PhD
A few years back I proposed a concept called maximum weight limit based on the BMI chart for adult male and female and provided a very simple formula to calculate the maximum weight limit for adults. For kids up to 20 years, I also developed simple weight limit charts for boys and girls by height.
However several studies have reported that one of the important contributors in determining healthy weight is waist size and the effects of waist size was not included in the BMI and maximum weight limit calculations. Therefore, to overcome this limitation, a new predictive model was developed to predict the body weight of both female and male adults (30-70 years ) by height and waist size. Body weight data from approximately 4,785 adults (male and female) were included in the predictive model. Data Source: NHANES 2001-2002 (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes/index.htm).
Predicted weights by waist size charts, were developed for an adult female or male with known height measurements; an example for a non-pregnant female with height of 62 inches is provided below.
The following highlights are included in the chart:
- Healthy, over weight, and obese weight zones for the given individual
- Healthy and non-healthy waist size ranges. Using this chart a healthy individual can easily determine the maximum weight limit and the upper waist size to maintain healthy body weight. Over weight individuals can determine how much they need to reduce their waist size to achieve healthy weight.
- Links for downloading similar charts for heights ranging from 56 -78 inches, for both adult female and male are given below.
- To measure your waist size correctly watch the following YouTube video: