Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Waist-To-Hip Ratio (WHR)

The waist-to-hip ratio is important to know because it not only tells you how much body fat you have, but also where your body fat is stored that impacts on your health. People who store more fat around their waists have an increased risk of chronic disease (high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease & stroke) compared with people who have their fat stored around their hips and thighs.

The waist-to-hip ratio measures the proportion of your waistline (the narrowest point; usually around your belly-button) to the widest circumference around the hips (usualy around the bony prominences).

How to calculate:

Waistline (inches) / Hips (inches) =
e.g 24 in. / 34 in. = 0.70 or 70%

Women Norms:
= 0.7 or 70% [correlates strongly with general health and fertility]

Men Norms:
= 0.9 or 90% [shown to be more healthy and fertile]

Dangerous Level:

= 1 or 100%

For an online test go to:


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