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A simple and useful measure to use alongside a BMI Calculator
Your waist to hip ratio is an important tool that helps determine your overall health risk and helps measure distribution of body fat
People with more weight around their waist are at greater risk of lifestyle related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes than those with weight around their hips. Your health is not only affected by how much body fat you have, but also by where most of the fat is located on your body. Changes in Waist Circumference over time can indicate an increase or decrease in abdominal fat. Increased abdominal fat is associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
Use your WHR figure alongside your BMI figure. A WHR figure can be useful for those people categorized as normal or overweight in terms of their BMI and for some people may even be a better guide for a weight loss goal for some people and is an especially useful tool for men. (For example, an athlete with increased muscle mass may have a BMI greater than 25 - making him or her overweight on the BMI scale - however a Waist Circumference measurement would most likely indicate that he or she is, in fact, not overweight.
Your Body Shape
There are two basic body shapes - "Apples" and "Pears" - each exhibiting a different distribution of body fat.
Apple-shaped individuals carry most of their excess body fat around their middle (abdomen), while pear-shaped people carry most of their excess body fat on their hips, buttocks and thighs..... Although genetics plays a major role in determining body shape, gender and age are also important factors. For example, women typically collect fat on their hips and buttocks, giving them a "Pear" shape, while men generally collect weight around the belly, giving them an "Apple" shape. After menopause, as estrogen supplies dwindle, women start storing fat around their abdomen, becoming more Apple-shaped in the process.
Health Risks of Apple Shape
Apple-shape people with fat concentrated around the abdomen, are more likely than Pear-shaped people to develop health problems related to obesity. Intra-abdominal fat (IAF) is closely associated with Type 2 Diabetes as well as insulin resistance. This kind of abdominal or central fat is also associated with increased risk of hormonal cancers (e.g. breast cancer), ovulatory dysfunction and sleep apnea. Thus Apple-shaped individuals have a greater risk of weight-related disorders and need to pay close attention to normalizing their weight. Waist Hip Ratio Test One way to know if you're an "Apple" or a "Pear" is to test your waist-to-hip ratio by dividing your waist measurement by your hip measurement. Women with waist-to-hip ratios of more than 0.8 or men with waist-to-hip ratios of more than 1.0 are "apples" and are at increased health risk due to their fat distribution. Waist Circumference Test Measuring your waist is another way to check whether your have too much fat around the middle. For example, in women, central obesity is signalled by a waist circumference of about 35+ inches, while in men the danger waist measurement is 40+ inches
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Waist Hip Ratio
- Low Risk
- 0.80 or below
- Moderate Risk
- 0.81 to 0.85
- High Risk
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Your shape, as much as your weight, can affect your health risk. Fat around your middle can increase your risk of getting heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes.
Women (White European)
- Increased risk
- over 80cm (32")
- Severe risk
- over 88cm (35")
Women (South Asian, African-Caribbean, Black African, Chinese, Middle Eastern)
- Severe risk
- over 80cm (32")
Why are there different measurements for people of different ethnicities?
Research shows that if you're South Asian, African-Caribbean, Black African, Chinese, Middle Eastern or have parents of two or more different ethnic groups, you may be at increased risk of some health conditions at a lower BMI than people from white European backgrounds. This means the measurements that indicate severe risk are lower for people from these groups.