Waist to Hip Ratio

Waist to the hip ratio is the ratio to the circumference of the waist to that of the hip, i.e. waist/hip.

What is waist to the hip ratio?

Waist to the hip ratio is the measures of body size and composition; you can use any units for the circumference measurements (e.g. cm or inches), as it is only the ratio that is important.

It is considering that where the fat getting deposited within the body is classifying into two categories; they are apple-shaped pattern (mostly males) and pear-shaped pattern (mostly females). The apple pattern mostly deposits high quantity of fat in the abdominal and trunk regions casing apple like shape, thus the name. Similarly, pear-pattern will deposit fats on their hips, buttocks and thigh regions causing the pair like shape. These fat pattern types can occur in both sexes. Pear shape category is considering as low health risk when compared with apple shape, which is at higher risk to health.

Research has shown that improper waist-to-hip ratio are at a greater risk for developing a number of health-related problems, the most prominent being hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol.

Waist-to-Hip Ratio calculator

The waist circumference should be measured from the midpoint between the lower margin of the last palpable rib and the top of the iliac crest (i.e. just above the belly button), using a quality non-stretchable measuring tape. Hip circumference should be measured around the widest portion of the buttocks, with the tape parallel to the floor.

Instructions

Take circumference measurements in either centimeters or inches. The waist is the part of the abdomen between the rib cage and hips. The waistline refers to the horizontal line where the waist is narrowest. Waist circumference is a measure of the smallest circumference of the natural waist; just above the belly button. Hip circumference should be measured around the widest portion of the buttocks, with the tape parallel to the floor.

Enter or select appropriate information in left column; such as waist size, hip size, and gender. Then click Calculate for the result.