As the name itself indicates, Waist to Hip ratio, which is sometimes also known as waist- hip ratio or WHR is the ratio between the circumference of the waist and the hips of an individual. This ratio considered as an ideal measure to determine a person's overall health risk. People with high WHR are prone to more health risks than those with low WHR. Waist to Hip Ratio is also an indicator of obesity.
A waist to hip ratio of 0.7 or less is considered ideal for women.
For men, the ideal WHR is 0.95 or less.
Waist to Hip Ratio Calculator
To calculate waist to hip ratio, enter your gender, waist measurement and hip measurement in the form given below and click 'Waist - Hip Ratio' button.
Significance of the waist to hip ratio
The waist to hip ratio, according to scientific studies, is a very effective indicator about the state of physical health of a person. The persons who have an "apple shaped" body with more fat at the waist are more prone to health risks than people with "pear shaped" bodies or who have less fat around their waist and more around their hips. Also according to a concept coined by Evolutionary physicist Devendra Singh at the University of Texas in 1993, physical attractiveness is related to the waist to hip ratio, especially so in the case of women. A waist to hip ratio of 0.7 is said to be ideal for women. In the case of men, 0.95 is considered to be an ideal value.
How to calculate Waist to Hip Ratio
Ideally, for the purpose of measuring the waist to hip ratio, the circumference of the waist should be measured at the area of lowest width just above the belly button. The hip measurement should be taken at the area of the largest diameter at the area of the buttocks. Then we quite simply divide the hip by the measurement of the waist.