It’s important to monitor your overall body fat as you monitor your health. Body fat, particularly abdominal fat, is linked to insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Measuring your body fat helps you understand how much of your body weight comes from body fat, which can determine your fitness level.
Waist circumference (WC) which is measured using the measuring tape is an indicator of abdominal obesity and can be used to predict risk for all-cause mortality. Additionally, higher waist circumference and lower hip circumference are linked to heart disease risk.