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Those test levels are quite modest for active people. Everybody can aspire to better, but the doctors have learned to be modest in their expectations of us.
My only objection is to their including BMI on the list, which is a bad index for excess body fat. Is your waist size an ok measure of your body fat? Yes it is. Your waist size is not your belt size or jeans size, especially if you wear them on your hips which most people do these days. Your waist is above your belly button, the narrow space below your rib cage and above your hips (if you have a narrow space there).
How to Measure Your Waist
How do you measure your waist? Sounds simple enough, but it’s not always obvious where your waist is. Posture and other variables can affect the reading, so here are some basic guidelines to follow:
Position a tape measure at the narrowest point between your lower rib and the top of your hip bone, or at the midpoint in between. It should be snug but not compress the skin. If you can’t find the narrowest point (it may be difficult if you’re very overweight), measure just above your belly button.
Stand straight and breathe out normally; don’t suck in your belly.
Measure your waist first thing in the morning, before breakfast.
Though there’s no magic cutoff point, values over 37 inches for men and 32 inches for women indicate increased health risks, according to the World Health Organization; values over 40 for men and 35 for women represent substantially increased risk.
How to measure your waist. My pants are too tight or too loose. This continues for months. I buy the next size larger or smaller as necessary. If they remain comfortable for weeks months than my waist did indeed change. I Look at the label and that is the size of my waist.
I might point out that for some reason if I buy three pairs of 34" waist jeans two will fit well and the other pair must be returned, usually too tight. I asked someone familiar with the industry and they told me that typically they cut 20, 30 40 layers of cloth when they make pants and sometimes the cloth wrinkles or is pulled out of position and the size doesn't cut true.