Waist to Hip Ratio - WHR

Waist to Hip (WHR) is the ratio of the circumference of the waist to that of the hips. Research shows that people with bodies with more weight around the waist face more health risks than those with bodies who carry more weight around the hips. If your belly has bulged out enough to catch up to the size of your hips, you should start worrying about your heart. Abdominal fat is more likely than fat stored in other spots to lead to changes in hormone levels and to cause inflammation, which in turn leads to clogged arteries. Fat on a woman’s hips doesn’t seem to increase risk, whereas a beer belly does.

Measuring your waist and hip

The best way to predict heart attack risk and other obesity-related diseases is a measurement that divides the circumference of your waist by your hips.
WAIST: The waist circumference is measured at a level midway between the lowest rib and the belly button. (don't hold your breath or pull in your stomach)
HIP: The hip circumference is measured at its widest part of your hips. About where your hip bones jut out at your pelvis.

Waist to Hip Ratio - WHR
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WHR Waist To Hip Ratio score table

  acceptable unacceptable
  excellent good average high extreme
male < 0.85 0.85 - 0.90 0.90 - 0.95 0.95 - 1.00 > 1.00
female < 0.75 0.75 - 0.80 0.80 - 0.85 0.85 - 0.90 > 0.90