How to measure a man's waist size

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How to measure a man's waist size
Knowing your waist size will help you shop more efficiently. (belt image by Aleksandr Lobanov from

Knowing the correct way to measure your waist is important, because it will help you in shopping for clothing and accessories and will keep you aware of your health risks. A man whose waist size is more than 40 inches is said to be at a health risk, according to WebMD. Men who have too much belly fat are at a higher risk of getting cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In addition, shopping for clothes and accessories can be a hassle if you do not know your waist circumference. It is much easier to grab the size that correlates with your waist size and take it into the dressing room to try on, instead of having to grab several of each article.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  • Cloth tape measure

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  1. 1

    Pull out a tape measure and wrap it around your waist. You will want to measure directly above your hipbones. It is easiest to do this with a cloth tape measure.

  2. 2

    Place the tape measure so that it is held snugly, but not too tight or too loose. You will want the tape measure to be level with your belly button.

  3. 3

    Make sure that the tape measure is even on all sections of your waist and jot down the measurement so that you can take it with you to your doctor's appointment, or when you are shopping for new clothing.

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