Hip circumference measurements are taken in some sites as an expanded option to measure overweight and obesity.
- constant tension tape (for example, Figure Finder Tape Measure)
- chair or coat stand for participant's to place their clothes.
A private area is necessary for this measurement. This could be a separate room, or an area that has been screened off from other people within the household. Hip measurements are taken immediately after waist circumferences.
- This measurement should be taken without clothing, that is, directly over the skin.
- If this is not possible, the measurement may be taken over light clothing (Must not be over thick or bulky clothing. This type of clothing must be removed)
This measurement should be taken:
- with the arms relaxed at the sides
- at the maximum circumference over the buttocks
Steps of measurement:
- Stand to the side of the participant, and ask them to help wrap the tape around themselves.
- Position the measuring tape around the maximum circumference of the buttocks.
- Ask the participant to:
- stand with their feet together with weight evenly distributed over both feet;
- hold their arms relaxed at the sides.Check that the tape position is horizontal all around the body and snug without constricting.