How to measure the Waist Hip RatioTo calculate the ratio, the waist and hip measurements should be taken at their narrowest and widest points respectively as described below:
1. For men, measure the waist at the navel and hips at the tip of the hip bone.
2. For women, measure the waist midway between the bottom of the ribs and the top of the hip bone and hips at the widest point between the hips and buttocks.
3. Type these measurements into the calculator below to calculate the WHR.
What Does the WHR Ratio Mean?Health is not only affected by how much body fat you have, but also by where the fat is situated on the body for example hips, waist etc. Most people store body fat in two distinct ways, around your middle (apple shape) or around your hips (pear shape). It is generally accepted that, carrying extra weight around your middle increases health risks associated with obesity, such as diabetes, coronary heart disease and high blood pressure. However overall obesity, is still a significant health risk. The recognition of central obesity is very important, as lifestyle intervention is likely to provide significant health benefits.
|Male||Female||Vascular Health Risk Based on WHR|
|less than 0.9||less than 0.80||Low Risk|
|0.9 to 0.99||0.8 to 0.89||Moderate Risk|
Reference: Welborn T.A. et al. Waist-hip ratio is the dominant risk factor predicting cardiovascular death in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia 1/15 December 2003;179:580-585