Waist to Hip Ratio (WHR)

Calculate your WHR (Waist to Hip Ratio) quickly and uncover a vital indicator of your metabolic health.

About WHR (Waist to Hip Ratio)

The WHR is a simple yet effective indicator for assessing the distribution of body fat. It is calculated by dividing the waist circumference by the hip circumference. This ratio helps identify the potential risk of developing health conditions related to excess abdominal fat.

How to Take Your Measurements

To obtain an accurate WHR, it's crucial to measure yourself correctly:

  • Waist Circumference: Stand up straight and relaxed, and wrap the measuring tape around your waist at the narrowest part, just above your belly button. Make sure the tape is parallel to the floor and isn’t too tight or too loose. Breathe normally and measure after exhaling.
  • Hip Circumference: Measure around the widest part of your hips, including the most prominent part of your buttocks. Again, ensure the tape is straight and parallel to the floor. The tape should not be tight; it should just rest against your skin.

Record these measurements in centimeters to use the WHR calculator.

Usage of WHR

This tool is commonly used in the health field to assess the risk of cardiovascular diseases and other metabolic conditions. A high WHR may indicate a higher concentration of visceral fat, which is associated with an increased risk of diseases.

WHR Reading Chart

A standard reading chart allows for the interpretation of WHR results:

  • For men, a WHR higher than 0.90 indicates an increased risk of health problems related to obesity.
  • For women, a WHR higher than 0.85 is considered an indicator of risk.

Additional Considerations

It is important to note that WHR is just one of many factors to consider for a comprehensive health assessment. Additional measures, such as Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure measurement, and blood tests, are also recommended for a complete picture of metabolic well-being.

Do not forget to consult a health professional for an accurate interpretation of your WHR and advice tailored to your personal condition.

See also

All Body Measurements Calculators
All Health Calculators