– Which part of the body is the waist?


Is it the entire area in between your ribcage and hips, or is it the narrowest part of that area?

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Is something going on? I just responded to this yesterday as well.

“Waist” isn’t a medical / biological term with a specific definition, it’s more of a fashion and clothing sizing term.

Specifically, it’s the narrowest point between your hips and ribcage, probably a little bit above your belly button and generally where Gen Z is wearing it’s “Mom Jeans” fashion the past few years.

[According to Wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waist), both of those definitions are accurate:

>The waist is the part of the abdomen between the rib cage and hips. On people with slim bodies, the waist is the narrowest part of the torso.

The article adds that the location of the waist is often confusing. It offers this advice:

>To locate the natural waistline, one need simply stand upright and then tilt over to the side, keeping the legs and hips straight. Where the torso creases is the natural waistline.

The natural waistline apparently isn’t at the same level as the belly button or umbilicus, but about one inch above:

>The waist is usually measured at the smallest circumference of the natural waist, usually just above the belly button. Where the waist is convex rather than concave, as in pregnancy and obesity, the waist may be measured at a vertical level 1 inch above the navel.