Waist to Hip Ratio Calculator
Calculate your Waist to Hip Ratio – WHR
The Waist to Hip Ratio (abbr. WHR) is intended to objectively differentiate between normal weight and overweight. You can use the WHR to estimate your individual body fat distribution.
There are basically two forms of fat distribution.
1. The abdominal, torso accentuated android form (apple shape). This shape is most common in men and is characterized by body fat around the abdomen. If you have an apple-shaped figure, the size of your waist will be larger than the size of your hips.
2. The glutaeo-femoral, hip-prominent gynoid (pear-shaped) form. This shape is most common in women and is characterized by body fat around the buttocks, hips, and thighs. The size of your hips will be larger than your waist if you have a pear-shaped figure.
How to measure your waist and hip measurements properly?
A simple tailor's tape measure is perfect for measuring your waist and hip circumferences. Measure both circumferences in the morning, on an empty stomach, standing up and, if possible, without clothing. Breathe normally before measuring and do not suck in your stomach. Sucking in your stomach will result in incorrect measurements.
The waist (or abdomen) circumference is measured at the widest part of the abdomen. This is usually just above the belly button.
Hip circumference is measured at the widest point of the hips. This is usually the widest part of your buttocks.
Enter the two values without decimals in the input fields of the form, select your gender, then click Calculate.
What does the Waist to Hip Ratio (WHR) mean?
The WHR is a good measure of healthy body fat distribution because it takes into account abdominal circumference. Determining the WHR to assess overweight is especially important in the presence of an increased BMI.
Whether you are an apple type or pear type is particularly important because the type of body fat distribution is critical to the associated health risk. In contrast to the hip-focused subcutaneous form of body fat distribution, abdominal-focused visceral body fat gain is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Recent studies have shown that men with a waist circumference of more than 120 cm and women with a waist circumference of more than 100 cm have almost twice the risk of death compared to people with a smaller waist circumference.
The Waist-to-Hip Ratio (WHR) values calculated by the WHR calculator can be categorized as normal weight, overweight, and obesity. The evaluation of WHR values is different for men and women. This is due to the fact that fat distribution is naturally different for men and women.
|Normal weight||below 0,8||below 0,9|
|Overweight||0,8 – 0,84||0,9 – 0,99|
|Obesity||from 0,85||from 1,0|