Table 3: Values of waist circumference recommended by IDF criteria, according to ethnicity.

MaleFemale

Europids>94 cm>80 cm
South Asians>90 cm>80 cm
Chinese>90 cm>80 cm
Japanese>85 cm>90 cm
South and Central Americans Use south Asian recommendations
South Saharian Africans Use European data
Eastern Mediterraneum and Middle East Use European data

A major issue for the IDF consensus consultation was the fact that criteria used for central obesity in Asian and other populations could be different from those used in the West.
IDF: International Diabetes Federation.