Table 2: Gender and age-specific waist circumference cut-offs [1].

Country/ethnic group Waist circumference cut-off
Male (cm)Female (cm)

Europids
In USA, the ATPIII values (102 cm males; 88 cm females) are likely to continue to be used for clinical purposes.
≥94≥80
South Asians
Based on a Chinese, Malay, and Asian-Indian population.
≥90≥80
Chinese≥90≥80
Japanese≥90≥80
Ethnic South and Central AmericansUse South Asians recommendations until more specific data are available.
Sub-Saharan AfricansUse European data until more specific data are available.
Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (Arabs) populationUse European data until more specific data are available.