Our Waist-to-Hip Ratio Calculator helps you to determine your body shape and possible health risk category. The waist–hip ratio is calculated as waist measurement divided by hip measurement W ÷ H. It is important to know that a ratio other than the normal factor usually refers to health risks.
Information about the calculations provided by the Waist-to-hip ratio calculator
Where is the waist-to-hip ratio calculator used?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the waist-to-hip ratio is a frequently used calculation that determines whether a person having the parameters provided may be regarded as obese or not.
How is the waist-to-hip ratio calculator works?
We use a simple division: the waist measurement is divided by the hip measurement. The result is the waist-to-hip ratio. Measurements can be recorded in either centimeter (cm) or inches (in) without affecting the ratio.
For example, if a person’s waist circumference is 82 cm (32.3 in) and their hip circumference is 95 cm (37.4 in) then their WHR ratio is:
82 ÷ 95 = 0.86 (32.3 ÷ 37,4 = 0.86)
Where shall I measure the circumference of my waist and my hip?
There are two options:
1. If you have a normal body shape, measure your waist at the narrowest point and your hip at the widest point.
2. In the case of obese persons, the waist must be measured 2.5 cm above the navel and the hip must be measured at the buttock part of the thigh bone.
How shall I interpret the ratio that I get?
In the case of men, the ratio of 0.9 is an acceptable result. It means a normal body shape, healthy waist-to-hip ratio, and, as a result, lower health risks.
The optimal result for women is 0.8.
If results are higher, it can be categorized as apple-type obesity; and the associated typical health risks are heart attack, diabetes, stroke, and high blood pressure.
Waist-to-hip Ratio Chart
|low||0.80 or lower||0.95 or lower|
|high||0.86 or higher||1.0 or higher|
What is considered to be a beautiful waist-to-hip ratio:
Women with a ratio of 0.7 are considered to be the most attractive – at least in Indo-European cultures. In China, the attractive ratio is 0.6, while in Africa and South America a ratio of 0.8 or 0.9 is preferred.
How reliable are the deductions made from the waist-to-hip ratio calculator?
Numerous studies were carried out about the waist-to-hip ratio which confirmed the probable health risks. Some opinions say that the waist-to-hip ratio should only be regarded as an index for obesity – similarly to the very widespread BMI-index. Needless to say, an online test does not replace a well-grounded diagnosis. So in case of any obesity or health problem visit an expert or a doctor.