Waist to hip ratio:
Health experts recommend a waist to hip ratio (WTH) of 1.0 or less in men, and 0.9 or less in women.
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Waist to Hip Ratio Chart
Calculate your waist to hip ratio for men or women using the waist to hip ratio calculator and compare your results against the chart below. The values vary be gender so make sure to check your result against the appropriate column.
|Low Risk||< 0.95||< 0.80|
|Some Risk||0.96 - 1.00||0.81 - 0.85|
|High Risk||> 1.00||> 0.86|
What is the waist to hip ratio?
The waist to hip ratio is an important factor in determining your general health and risk of developing cardiovascular related diseases. Doctors use the waist to hip ratio as a way to measure the body fat distribution in the abdomen and hips.
Both the waist to hip ratio calculator and the waist to height ratio calculator are used by specialists as an alternative to the body mass index, which requires measuring height and weight using a BMI calculator.
Waist to hip ratio is a formula used to measure how much fat is being stored in the abdomen and how much is stored in the hips and legs. It is generally expressed as a decimal with a value of less than 1 in healthy individuals.
The waist to hip formula can be written as:
WTH = waist circumference / hip circumference
How to measure your waist to hip ratio
To measure your waist to hip ratio, follow these 3 simple steps:
- Measure your waist circumference in centimeters.
- Measure your hip circumference in centimeters.
- Divide your waist circumference by your hip circumference.
Your waist to hip ratio is the result of this calculation.
What is an ideal waist to hip ratio?
The ideal waist to hip ratio is 0.7. Women with a waist to hip ratio of 0.7 or more are considered to be in ideal health and at the lowest risk for obesity-related health problems. For women with hip to waist ratio greater than 0.8, their body fat is stored in their hips and legs, they are at a higher risk of obesity-related health problems.