Waist circumference is used as an indicator of visceral fat which plays a causative role in many chronic diseases. All you need is a measuring tape to measure your waist circumference.

Criteria for abdominal obesity
https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/risk.htm

Abdominal Obesity Measurement Guidelines for Different Ethnic Groups


http://www.who.int/nutrition/publications/obesity/WHO_report_waistcircumference_and_waisthip_ratio/en/

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