Waist to Hip Ratio

Use our Waist to Hip Ratio Calculator to determine your waist to hip ratio. Waist to hip ratio is a simple measure of where fat is stored in your body.

A healthy waist hip ratio for women is 80 percent or lower. A healthy ratio for men is 95 percent or lower.

Increasingly, scientific study of body shape shows that whilst being overweight is certainly bad for your health, it may not matter where that weight is held. Both your general level of activity and also specific types of exercise can affect your fat deposition and distribution. Even without targeting specific muscles or taking up a sport, if you simply increase the amount you do, such as walking or cycling instead of taking the car or bus, or using the stairs instead of the elevator, you will help your body to avoid building excess fat stores, including abdominally.

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Gender Body Shape Percentage Outcome
Women Pear 80% or less Reduced risk of heart disease and other related conditions.
Apple 80% or higher Increased risk of heart disease and other related conditions.
Men Pear 95% or less Reduced risk of heart disease and other related conditions.
Apple 95% or higher Increased risk of heart disease and other related conditions.

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