Face-to-face consultation: waist size

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Our Manasa Ayurveda consultations are undertaken by registered healthcare professionals and as well as using traditional Ayurvedic methods also include professional physical health checks. One of these checks of your waist size.

Why do we do this?

Research has shown that people with a vāta body type may be more likely to naturally have a lower BMI and people with a kapha body type may be more likely to naturally have a higher BMI. So a larger or smaller overall body size may not always be related to potential health problems.

Rather than just measuring overall body size, in recent years experts now think that measuring waist size may be a better way to predict if we are at risk of getting diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This is because fat stored around our middle is unhealthier than overall body fat.

What happens?

  • A Manasa Ayurveda therapist will wrap a tape measure around your waist.

  • To accurately measure this, the tape measure is wrapped around your waist halfway between the top of the hip bone and the lowest rip (it usually crosses your belly button)

  • You will be asked to breathe out and hold your breath whilst the therapist takes the measurement

  • They will tell you what the results are and record this on a chart

What do the results mean?

The higher the waist size, the more at risk of developing heart disease and diabetes in the future. As with BMI scores, there are different guidelines depending on your gender and ethnicity.

Asian women: take action if your waist size is 80cm (31.5in) and above

White European women: take action if your waist size is 80cm (31.5in) and above

Asian men: take action if your waist size is 90cm (35in) and above

White European men: take action if your waist size is 94cm (37in) and above

If you fall into this risk category and would like help to reduce your weight and waist