Waist to Hip Ratio (WHpR) measures the distribution of body fat. It is especially useful for people with pear body shapes.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that a WHpR of 1.0 or over may raise your risk of serious health problems, such as coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Our WHpR calculator uses the ranges provided by Sponholtz et al (2016).
|Risk Factor||Female (cm)||Male (cm)|
|Low||below 0.80||below 0.90|
|Moderate||0.80 to 0.84||0.90 to 0.94|
|High||0.85 to 1.0||0.95 to 1.0|
|Very high||Over 1.0||Over 1.0|
Please note that waist circumference ranges do not address underweight categories. If you are concerned about being underweight, please seek a trained healthcare provider.
1995, July 15. Lean M, Han T, Morrison C. Waist circumference as a measure for indicating need for weight management. BMJ. 1995;311:158-61. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2550221/
2016, February 15. Sponholtz TR, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Hatch EE, Adams-Campbell LL, Wise LA. Body Size, Metabolic Factors, and Risk of Endometrial Cancer in Black Women, American Journal of Epidemiology, Volume 183, Issue 4, 15 February 2016, Pages 259–268, https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwv186
2008, December, 8-11. Waist Circumference and Waist-Hip Ratio. Report of a WHO Expert Consultation. Retrieved from http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/44583/1/9789241501491_eng.pdf
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