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Waist to Hip Ratio

Waist to Hip Ratio (WHR)

Waist to Hip RatioWaist to Hip Ratio or WHR focuses on waist measure and hip measure, and has shown to be a better predictor of health risks than BMI or Waist to Height Ratio.

For your waist, measure the smallest circumference above your belly button. For your hip, measure the widest circumference around your buttocks . Divide your waist size by your hip size (Waist / Hip).

Women: If you have a waist to hip ratio of 0.85 or higher, you have an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Men: If you have a waist to hip ratio of 0.90 or higher, you have an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Example: If you are a woman and your waist circumference is 35 inches and your hip circumference is 40 inches, you have a waist-to-hip ratio (35 / 40) of 0.875 which is too high.