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October 20, 2011 7:30 AM
We all know that belly fat is bad. Dr. Oz says we should all have a waist size that's half our height in inches. For instance I'm 54 which is 64 inches so my ideal waist size would be 32 inches. I'm not there yet but I'm certainly working towards it. According to him, this application can be applied to everyone including kids. So that was a nugget for anyone who needed it.

Question: what's been your best helping in fighting against belly fat? Also to my ladies who've had babies, have you seen real success in killing the pooch?
October 20, 2011 7:35 AM
I am 5 feet, so my "ideal" waist size should be 30 inches? That is crazy, too big for my body type. I am 24.5 and still about 2 inches more of what I used to be. Good thing that I don't watch Dr. Oz.
Edited by Ely82010 On October 20, 2011 7:36 AM
October 20, 2011 7:38 AM
i'm 64 inch so my waist should be 32???

but my bmi is 27 issh and my waist is 31 at the mo!
Edited by morganadk2_deleted On October 20, 2011 7:39 AM
October 20, 2011 7:39 AM
I'm 5 foot 9 and a half, or 69 inches, so 34.5ins sounds reasonable, but I'm not sure how accurate this is.
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October 20, 2011 7:42 AM
I think this shouldn't be called "ideal" waist size... but actually should be called "Healthy" waist size... likely what is meant by this is that if you are whatever your height dictats OR SMALLER then that is ideal. :)
I'm 5'9" and currently have a 29.5 inch waist, and i'd say there's still room for improvement.
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October 20, 2011 7:45 AM
Maybe a healthy waist size is half your height, but not an ideal size. I'm 5'6" and at the smallest part of my waist I'm 27", at the navel I'm 29.5", and 1 inch below my navel I'm 31.5". All of these measurements are less than 33 inches, but far from my ideal waist size, since I still have a layer of fat covering the abs that I know are hiding under there!!!
October 20, 2011 7:47 AM
QUOTE:

I am 5 feet, so my "ideal" waist size should be 30 inches? That is crazy, too big for my body type. I am 24.5 and still about 2 inches more of what I used to be. Good thing that I don't watch Dr. Oz.


That's what i was just thinking. I am 62" tall so I should be 31? I am 28" right now and still 25% body fat and 116 lbs.
Edited by FaithHopeBELIEVE On October 20, 2011 7:47 AM
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October 20, 2011 8:17 AM
I think that Dr. Oz was just saying that your waist shouldn't be MORE than half your height in inches!
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October 20, 2011 8:22 AM
This is called the "waist to height" ratio, and is not something new. It's what medical professionals use, in combination with BMI, to determine healthy weight. This measurement is the point at which your waist size ceases to be a risk factor for obesity related diseases. That means that it is the absolute highest number your waist can be and still not be a risk factor. That's not exactly the "ideal". Lower is better.
Edited by bcattoes On October 20, 2011 8:25 AM
October 20, 2011 8:23 AM
http://www.webmd.com/diet/calc-bmi-plus

Put your information in here, and on the results page it has a graph of height to weight size with colors to indicate health risk also correlated to body shape (pear, apple, etc)

QUOTE:

The WebMD BMI Plus Calculator will calculate:

BMI – Body Mass Index
BMI is used to find out if a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese

Waist-to-Height Ratio
Body shape (determined by Waist-to-Height Ratio) is often considered to be the best indicator of health related to weight.

RMR – Resting Metabolic Rate
The number of calories you burn if you do nothing all day.

Healthy Body Weight Range
The range with the least risk of weight-related health problems.

Daily Caloric Intake
The recommended number of calories from food/drinks to meet your weight goals.

Target Heart Rate
The heart rate needed to achieve maximum exercise results.
Edited by Leigh_D On October 20, 2011 8:24 AM
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October 20, 2011 8:25 AM
The NHS says:

You have a higher risk of health problems if your waist size waist (circumference) is:

* more than 94cm (37 inches), if you’re a man
* more than 80cm (31.5 inches), if you’re a woman

Your risk of health problems is higher still if your waist size is:

* more than 102cm (40 inches), if you’re a man
* more than 88cm (34.5 inches), if you’re a woman

So I'm aiming for 31 inches, then I'll think about vanity size later :)
Edited by BerryH On October 20, 2011 8:25 AM
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October 20, 2011 8:34 AM
QUOTE:

The NHS says:

You have a higher risk of health problems if your waist size waist (circumference) is:

* more than 94cm (37 inches), if you’re a man
* more than 80cm (31.5 inches), if you’re a woman

Your risk of health problems is higher still if your waist size is:

* more than 102cm (40 inches), if you’re a man
* more than 88cm (34.5 inches), if you’re a woman

So I'm aiming for 31 inches, then I'll think about vanity size later :)


But those are very generic guidelines and applicable only to a average sized person. A 31.5 in waist on someone 5'1" is going to be more unhealthy than a 31.5 in waist on someone that is 5'10". That's why the ratio is used.
October 20, 2011 8:38 AM
I don't even know where to measure. My belly button is 43 inches, but my 36" pants sit comfortably two inches lower.
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October 20, 2011 8:44 AM
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I don't even know where to measure. My belly button is 43 inches, but my 36" pants sit comfortably two inches lower.


To measure your waist circumference, use a tape measure. Start at the top of the hip bone, then bring it all the way around -- level with your navel. Make sure it's not too tight and that it is parallel with the floor. Don't hold your breath while measuring it!

http://www.webmd.com/diet/calculating-your-waist-circumference__
October 20, 2011 8:52 AM
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QUOTE:

I don't even know where to measure. My belly button is 43 inches, but my 36" pants sit comfortably two inches lower.


To measure your waist circumference, use a tape measure. Start at the top of the hip bone, then bring it all the way around -- level with your navel. Make sure it's not too tight and that it is parallel with the floor. Don't hold your breath while measuring it!

http://www.webmd.com/diet/calculating-your-waist-circumference__


Here's my problem, my measurement around my navel is the smallest, and tha's where the waist line of my pants sit. Even naked, it's like I have a belt built in my body that cinches there but creates a permanent muffin top above that sticks out maybe 2 inches on all sides, except the back is not so bad, and then another glob of fat below that sticks out two inches as well. And in the back below my waist line is my big butt. I call it my two bellies, upper belly and lower belly.
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October 20, 2011 9:45 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I don't even know where to measure. My belly button is 43 inches, but my 36" pants sit comfortably two inches lower.


To measure your waist circumference, use a tape measure. Start at the top of the hip bone, then bring it all the way around -- level with your navel. Make sure it's not too tight and that it is parallel with the floor. Don't hold your breath while measuring it!

http://www.webmd.com/diet/calculating-your-waist-circumference__


Sorry to disagree, but the navel is not at the waist, it is below. The "real/natural" wais is between the navel and the bottom rib. I think that the problem started with the new "low cut" pant fashion that seats too low at the abs, not at the real waist.

Look at the ladies from the 30s, 40s, and 50s, when a small waist and fashion were in vogue, and you will see the difference.
October 20, 2011 9:51 AM
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But those are very generic guidelines and applicable only to a average sized person. A 31.5 in waist on someone 5'1" is going to be more unhealthy than a 31.5 in waist on someone that is 5'10". That's why the ratio is used.
Oh, I absolutely agree, but what a great simple, single measurement for the populace to aim for and improve the health of a nation rather than BMIs and fat percentages which create confusion even before people decide to diet.

With 60% of the UK overweight and a quarter of adults obese, a generic waist size to aim for would help far more people than it would hinder.

It also puts paid to the "It's all muscle" argument.
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October 20, 2011 10:06 AM
As everybody's build is different, I do not believe there is an ideal waist size or a magic ratio to work towards.

Berry's right... the NHS guidelines are just that... guidelines which are very simple to understand as we all know our clothing sizes.

I am 64" small (1,63m) was a 32" waist until my 30s. I was healthy but still plump in places.

Unlike most fat men, I can't wear my trousers under my belly. They sit around my middle intersecting my naval. I'm currently a Blue Harbour 42" (which is probably a normal 44") - I was a BH 44" before I started MFP and still use all my old trousers, but just need to tighten my belts more happy
Edited by kyle4jem On October 20, 2011 10:06 AM
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October 20, 2011 10:35 AM
Hm, I don't know if that makes sense. I'm 64" so my "healthy" waist size should be 32". I'm currently at 31", but I'm also 30lbs overweight and my BMI is in the "overweight" category. o_o This seems wrong.
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October 20, 2011 10:37 AM
5'4" and I have a 25" waist and that's perfect for me
October 20, 2011 10:38 AM
I believe Dr. Oz was actually saying that a waist size of 1/2 your height in inches is the maximum for reducing your risk of weight related issues. It can be smaller, but that puts you at a waist to heigh ratio of .50 or less.

I am 5'10" and I started out with a 45.5" waist. For my height, anything under 35" is healthy. Mine is now 27.5"
Edited by CoryIda On October 20, 2011 10:38 AM
October 20, 2011 10:41 AM
I'M 5'7" (67"). My goal is the 33" waist. I will be thrilled when I get there.
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October 20, 2011 11:23 AM
Oh, this thread is making me pleased that I've lowered my overweight related risk factors....even if I still want a couple less inches on my waist. Thanks for that. Phew.
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September 8, 2013 5:47 AM
I'm 5' 0.6" so my ideal waistline according to Dr. Oz would be 30.3 inches. I'm 24.5 right now and I still need to lose some inches off my waist 0-0
September 8, 2013 7:54 AM
Dr Oz is an idiot and full of bs.

I'm 5'2, my waist is currently half of my height at 31" but it does not look healthy. I'm aiming for 28", thank you very much, Dr Oz.

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