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Hip to Waist Ratio

About Your Hip To Waist Ratio

While body mass index (BMI) is a good way to tell if you're a healthy weight, it doesn't tell the whole story.

If your BMI is over the healthy range, this means that you're probably carrying extra fat. But did you know that your health could be at greater risk depending on where you store that fat?

We store spare body fat under the skin, and also around the vital organs in our abdomen. We now know that this fat around the abdomen causes more health problems than, say, fat carried around the bottom or on the thighs.

Having a large amount of tummy fat (when compared to having fat around the bottom or thighs) makes you more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and heart problems.

How to calculate your Hip to Waist Ratio

Using a tape measure take the following steps:

  1. Measure your hips
  2. Measure your waist
  3. Divide the waist number by the hip number.

Measure your waist

  • To find your true waist, feel for your hip bone on one side.
  • Move upwards until you can feel the bones of your bottom rib. Halfway between is your waist. For most people this is where their tummy button is.

For women:

  • Ideal: less than 80cm (32”)
  • High: 80cm to 88cm (32” to 35”)
  • Very high: more than 88cm (35”)

For men:

  • Ideal: less than 94cm (37”)
  • High: 94cm to 102cm (37” to 40”)
  • Very high: more than 102cm (40”)

A ratio of 1.0 or more in men or 0.85 or more in women indicates that you are carrying too much weight around your middle. This puts you at increased risk of diseases that are linked to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

 
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