Circumference Measurements

Circumference measurements are a good way to assess girth changes in the body. It is important to get consistent measurements to accurately track changes. It is usually best to have a friend take the measurements. Make sure the tape measure is tight without compressing the area being assessed and that the tape measure is horizontal. If you don’t have a tape measure, you can take a piece of string to get the measurements and place the string on a tape measure or ruler to get a measurement in inches or centimeters.

  • Neck: Across the Adams apple.
  • Chest: Across nipple line.
  • Waist: Narrowest point below the ribcage/above hipbone.
  • Hips: Feet together, widest portion of the buttocks.
  • Thigh: 10 inches above the top of the knee cap (patella).
  • Calves: Maximal Circumference
  • Biceps: Maximal circumference, arm extended, palm forward.
  • Forearm: Maximal circumference of forearm, arm extended palm up.
  • Wrist: Narrowest point above wrist joint.