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Waist and Hip Measurement
Waist

  • Standing to the side of the patient, locate and mark the inferior margin (lowest point) of the last rib and the crest of the ilium (top of the hip bone) with a fine pen.
  • With a tape measure, find the midpoint and mark the point.
  • Wrap the tape measure around the mid point marked. The tape should neither be too loose nor too tight.

    NOTE: Check that the tape is horizontal across the back and front of the patient.
  • Ask the subject to:
    • Stand with their feet together,
    • Place their arms at their side with the palms of their hands facing inwards, and
    • Breathe out gently.
  • Measure waist circumference and read the measurement at the level of the tape to the nearest 0.1 cm.
  • Record the measurement.
Waist Measurement
Normal Waist Circumference
Males < 90 cms
Females < 80 cms
Hip

  • Stand to the side of the patient, and ask them to help place the tape around below their hips.
  • Position the measuring tape around the maximum circumference of the buttocks. For women this is usually at groin level. For men it is normally about 2 -4 inches below the navel.
  • Ask the subject to:
    • Stand with their feet together
    • Place their arms at their side with palms of their hands facing inwards, and breathe out gently.
  • Check that the tape position is horizontal all around the body.
  • Measure the hip circumference and read the measurement at the level of the tape to nearest 0.1 cm.
  • Record the measurement
 
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