The Waist to Hip Ratio

By July 30, 2010 Fitness tests No Comments

The Waist to Hip Ratio (WHR) is an easy way to estimate whether your body fat is having an impact on your health or not. It compares the amount of body fat you are carrying in your abdomen to the fat you are carrying on your hips. People with more fat stored around the abdomen are at increased risk to diabetes type 2, high blood pressure and cardiovsascular conditions like heart diseases and stroke.

The Waist to Hip Ratio is an easy way to see determine if your body fat is a risk factor to your health as it is not only the amount of body fat that impacts the health but it also depends where the body stores it.

How do measure your Waist to Hip Ratio:

Take a measurement tape and place it around your waist at its widest part (horizontal). Then do the same with the hip (horizontal measurement around the widest part).

Once done devide your waist measurement by your hip measurement.

Measurement Result: Waist to Hip Ratio Chart
Male Female Assumed Health Risk

Based Solely on WHR

0.95 or below 0.80 or below Low Risk
0.96 to 1.0 0.81 to 0.85 Moderate Risk
1.0+ 0.85+ High Risk