Those who carry weight around their mid-section are at greater risk for heart attack, stroke and diabetes. At risk measurements for men are a waist measurement of more than 40 inches, and 35 inches for women. On the very low risk/healthy side; less than 34 inches for men, less than 28 inches for women. Place the measuring tape at the smallest point, usually just above the navel. As you know some of us are high waisted or low waisted, so I take several measurements of my clients: narrow part of waist, at navel, below navel. These numbers above are based on putting the tape just above the hip bone.