In a report that was published in 2010, Good Housekeeping found that the typical female neck circumference measured 13.5 inches. Just below the Adam’s apple is the best place to begin pulling firmly on a tape measure in order to obtain an accurate measurement of the circumference of the neck.
Many investigations into heart disease have concentrated on the subject of waist circumference. However, there is some evidence to suggest that the circumference of the neck can also be an indicator of the risk of developing heart disease. Researchers from the Framingham Heart Study conducted a study in 2009 with 3,320 participants and found that having excess fat in the neck may be linked to having high cholesterol and diabetes. These factors have been linked to coronary disease. According to the findings of the study, an increased risk of heart disease is associated with a man having a neck circumference that is greater than 16 inches and with a woman having a neck circumference that is greater than 13 inches.