Waist to Hip Ratio Calculator


The waist to hip ratio calculator gives a clear understanding about the amount of body fat in the middle of the body (the torso). This is an important measurement because it is a useful predictor of health and the risk of conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

  • Waist - take the measurement at narrowest point
  • Hip - take the measurement at widest point
  • The calculator works with any unit of measurement - both inches or centimetres
If you have a lot of fat in your abdominal area, then you are at increased risk of health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease
Waist to Hip Ratio
Waist:  Inches or Cm
Hip:  Inches or Cm

Explanation of the Results

Women
Women with waist-to-hip ratios of more than 0.8 are at an increased health risk of conditions such as diabetes, some types of cancer and heart disease because of their fat distribution. Women's waist measurement should be less than 83cm (or 32.5 inches).

Men
Men with waist-to-hip ratios of more than 1.0 are at increased health risk of conditions such as diabetes, some types of cancer and heart disease because of their fat distribution. Men's waist measurement should be less than 89cm (or 35 inches).

If you have a lot of fat in your abdominal area (you have an apple body shape - this means your fat is mostly around your abdomen and less around your hips), then you are at increased risk of health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease (hypertension - high blood pressure and early onset of heart problems) and also some types of cancers (American Dietetic Association).

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