Waist-to-hip Ratio Calculator

Waist-to-hip Ratio Calculator

It's not only the amount of body fat you have, but also where in your body the fat is stored that impacts on your health. Adults who store most of their body fat around their waists have an increased risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke compared with those who have the same amount of body fat stored around their hips and thighs.

Measuring your waist-to-hip ratio is an easy way to see how much weight you are carrying around your abdomen as opposed to around your hips. It is designed for people aged 18 years and older.

Follow these steps to work out your waist-to-hip ratio:

1. Waist measurement

While standing up with your stomach relaxed, measure your waist at its narrowest point (this is usually at your navel, or belly-button).

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2. Hip measurement

While standing, measure your hips at their widest point (this is usually around the bony prominences).

cm
3. Gender

Last Reviewed: 22 July 2014

References

  • 1. National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Clinical practice guidelines for the management of overweight and obesity in adults - Measuring overweight and obesity (updated 2004, Mar 19). http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/obesityguidelines-guidelines-adults.htm (accessed 2011, July).
  • 2. National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Clinical practice guidelines for the management of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents. Definition and measurement of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents (endorsed 2003, Sep). http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/obesityguidelines-guidelines-children.htm (accessed 2011, July).3. Australian Better Health Initiative - Measure Up. Waist measurement fact sheet (updated 2010, Oct). http://www.health.gov.au/internet/abhi/publishing.nsf/Content/factsheet-waist-measurement (accessed 2011, July).