How big should my waist be?

Dr. David L. Katz, MD, MPH
Preventive Medicine
Having a large waist size can be linked to serious medical conditions, like diabetes. In this video, Dr. Oz and Dr. Katz discuss ideal waist size.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
To maintain optimal health, your ideal waist size should be less than half your height. For the average 5'4" woman, waist size should measure 32 inches or less. The waist of an average 5'10" man should measure 35 inches or less. Use a tape measure and wrap it around your natural waist, which is not at your belt but above your hips.
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