Below I have typed a chart that can be printed out for taking basic body measurements such as the waist  and hips and neck. Knowing your measurements is good for shopping and sewing patterns and tracking exercise results. I actually have this page in a binder I use regularly with period tracking charts from (as per the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Wescher, MPH) and some blank calendars so I can easily write and see when I have exercised. I am trying to fill out these charts every month. As of writing this the blog audience is rather small with 100 to 200 visitors per day as per the HostGator control panel screen. However, I would appreciate anyone that would leave a comment on whether they thought it was not enough measurements or too many measurements or if it would be better as four per page instead of two per page. The chart includes measurements for the following: neck, chest, right arm, left arm, waist, hips, right thigh, left thigh, right calf, and left calf. Some other measurement that could have been included are bust point, front waist length, back length, sleeve length, and side leg length. Some measurements such sewing itemsas a waist to hip measurement are determined by bone structure and there is really no way to make it longer. Most clothes are made for the average waist to hip measurement of seven inches and if you are slim, narrow, and tall you may have a nine inch measurement like a model and most shirts would be too short for you. When sewing custom clothing it would be very easy to take over twenty measurements. The charts below can be used for sewing, but I use them more weight management and personal reference. They include a spot for weight, age, height, Body Mass Index (BMI),  and body fat percentage. I plan to revise this and include more information such as notes on correct ways of measuring. The waist should be measured slightly above the belly button and if you lean to the side it is where the skin pinches. The tape measure should not be too loose or tight or have that cross shape people tend to make with it. It should be accurate. As of writing this in October 2015 a waist of over 35 inches in women is considered obese by sources such as National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute ( A waist of 40 inches or more is generally considered obese for men. Below is the document in four different formats (Word Document, PDF, OpenDocument Text, and Word 97-2003 Document):

Just for reference also 1 kilogram (kg) is 2.205 pounds and 1 pound (lb) is .4535 kilogram. One centimeter (cm) is .3937 inch and 1 inch (in) is 2.54 centimeters. One foot is 12 inches. I plan to have a revised version of this post to include a BMI chart, and measurement conversion charts showing common measurements and the equivalent in the metric and English measuring systems. Below is a three minute video for a fitness program on taking measurements for staying motivated and tracking results. It is from the following link: fashion scarf There are many good articles online on taking measurements such as “How to Take Your Body Measurement” by Paige Waehner on (

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