Enter your waist and hip measurement in the waist-to-hip ratio calculator below. You can either enter in cm or inches. Your WHR number can help you determine which category of body shape you fit into.
Waist-to-Hip Ratio and Risk
After you’ve determined your waist-to-hip ratio, use the following table to check your level of risk.
What Is the Waist-to-Hip Ratio?
Waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) is a ratio of your waist to your hip circumference.
It determines how much fat you carry on your waist, hips, and buttocks.
It’s a quick way to measure if you could be at risk for future health problems.
People with excess weight around their midsection, often known as an apple shape, are at a higher risk. Issues include but not limited to type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and such.
Those who carry more of their weight in their hips and thighs, called a pear shape have a lower risk.
This WHR is independent of other body fat measures like BMI.
Often times, even when BMI indicates a healthy range if your WHR is high, your risk goes up.
This is because the amount of belly fat you carry determines your danger level.
Below list shows a healthy WHR per gender according to the World Health Organization (WHO):
- 0.9 or less in men
- 0.85 or less for women
For both men and women, if your WHR is higher than 1.0, it indicates an increased health risk. To reduce your health threats for heart disease and diabetes, you need to lose your belly fat.
How To Calculate Your WHR
To calculate your WHR, you need to measure your waist and your hips, using a tape measure. If you don’t have a tape measure, you can use a long string and ruler.
Once you know both your waist and hip circumference, use the WHR calculator to get your score.
You may also use the following simple formulas to compute your WHR.
To get an accurate score, be sure to take your measurements in the right place.
Measuring your waist: Use a tape measure to measure right above your belly button. It’s between your lowest rib and the top of your hips.
Measuring your hips: measure at the fullest point around the buttocks. Hold the tape snugly but don’t pull it in. Be sure it’s leveled all the way around.
Once you have your waist and hip measurements, divide your waist figure by your hip figure.
Let’s look at an example: Example
- Waist measurement: 92cm (36.22 inches)
- Hip measurement: 112cm (44 inches)
Calculation: 92 / 112 = 0.82Your WHR is 0.82. If you are a woman with your WHR below 0.8 or man with a score below 0.95, you are likely to have a pear-shaped body type. The pear-shaped body type has a lower risk of health problems like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
If you are a woman with a ratio above 0.85 or man with above 0.9 ratios, your body type is most likely apple shape. Fat tends to get stored in the midsection around the belly. The apple-shaped is at a higher risk for some chronic diseases.
Those with a ratio between that of apple and pear-shaped body types, your risk level is moderate. Your body type is often described as avocado-shaped.
Per the World Health Organisation, WHR ratio above 0.85 for women and 0.90 above men is abdominal obesity.