To calculate your WHR, simply
input your waist measurement in centimetres
into the first box below, then enter
your hip measurement in centimetres
into the second box below and press the
Your WHR will then be automatically displayed in the third box below and you can compare this result with the table below the calculate button to see what general category you fit into.
Waist to Hip Ratio Calculator:
Your waist to hip ratio is:
Waist to Hip Ratio Chart:
|0.95 or below||0.80 or below||Low Risk|
|0.96 to 1.0||0.81 to 0.85||Moderate Risk|
Our health is not only affected
by how much body fat we have,
but also by where most of the
fat is located on our body.
People who carry most of their
excess fat in their hips
and buttocks have roughly a pear
body shape, while people who
carry fat around the
abdomen have more of an apple
body shape .
Those of us with apple shaped bodies are generally considered to have an increased risk of experiencing health problems associated with obesity, such as diabetes, coronary heart disease and high blood pressure. While our general body shape is genetically determined we can take special care to keep our weight at a healthy level, eat nutritiously, exercise as appropriate, and maintain other healthy lifestyle habits.
As long as we minimize excess weight, having an apple shaped body or a pear shaped body doesn't put us at special risk - it's just one of those things to keep in mind. Even pear shaped people should take particular care to keep their weight within normal limits, to avoid the health problems associated with obesity.
While the WHR can be useful in providing a guide (especially when used in combination with other guides like the BMI), it is just that, a guide. Whatever your WHR and BMI, it is always best to talk to your doctor to see if you are at an increased risk for disease and if you should lose or gain weight.
And remember, physical activity and good nutritional habits are key factors in leading a healthy lifestyle and reducing risk for disease.