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Waist to Hip Ratio

Waist to Hip Ratio - Introduction

Waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) looks at the proportion of fat stored on your body around your waist and hip. Most people store their body fat in two distinct ways: around the middle (apple shape) and around the hips (pear shape).

For most people, being an apple shape (carrying extra weight around the middle) places them in a higher health risk category than being a pear shape (carrying extra weight around the hips or thighs). But remember: this is just one assessment that is used in measuring weight-related health risk. Total obesity may still be a greater risk than where fat is stored on your body.

Other key measurements are Body Mass Index, Body Fat Percentage

Waist to Hip Ratio - How to Measure

Follow instructions below, or click CALCULATE WAIST-HIP RATIO

Measure waist at the navel in men, and midway between the bottom of the ribs and the top of the hip bone in women.

Measure hips at the tip of the hip bone in men and at the widest point between the hips and buttocks in women.

Divide your waist size at its smallest by your hip size at its largest and you get a Waist-to-Hip ratio.

Waist to Hip Ratio - Measurements

Ideally, women should have a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.8 or less.

Ideally, men should have a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.95 or less.

See also: Weight Related Risk Factors - Weight Risk Assessment


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