Waist to Hip Ratio

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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.

See also:  Measuring your waist and Measuring your hips


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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