Waist circumference (WC) is the simple measure of length around a person’s abdomen. It can be particularly important in people with SCI for health and for function as many experience lack of core function and weight fluctuations.
Waist circumference is usually measured after a normal expiration at the narrowest part of the waist, often defined as the midpoint between the crest of the ilium and the last rib. It can be measured in the seated or the supine positions, but will have a larger value in the supine (Sumrell et al. 2018). There is evidence that self-reported and measured WC have sufficient correlation to be used in research (Battram et al., 2011; Rimm et al., 1990).
Body Structures ▶ Structures Related to Movement