Waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) looks at how your body fat is distributed and can give an indication of whether you have healthy or excessive levels of belly fat. Health professions are concerned about belly fat, because too much deep belly fat is linked to a higher risk of medical problems such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome, as well as stroke, heart disease and even cancer. WHR is a quick and easy method of determining whether you carry too much belly fat and are at risk of these medical conditions.
Body shape can be divided into two categories, pear shape and apple shape. Pear shape individuals tend to carry most of their weight in the lower body and will have a smaller WHR; apple shapes carry fat mostly in their trunk and will have a higher waist-to-hip ratio. People who are apple-shaped are more likely to carry excessive amounts of belly fat. Nevertheless, pear shapes can also suffer with too much belly fat, especially if overweight or obese. The more you weight you carry, the more belly fat you are likely to have. Other important measurements are Body Mass Index (BMI) and body fat percentage (use the BMI calculator and body fat percentage calculator).
Recommended Waist Hip Ratio Men: 0.9 or less
Recommended Waist Hip Ratio Women: 0.85 or less
WAIST-TO-HIP RATIO CALCULATOR
Enter your waist and hip measurements in the boxes below and click on the Calculate button.
To measure your waist: Stand with your tummy relaxed. Measure your waist at its narrowest point, which should be just above the level of their belly button. If your waist does curves outwards, not inwards, measure you waist about one inch above the belly button.
To measure you hips: Measure your hips at their widest point, which should be around the bony prominences.