|Researchers came up with this test after they discovered that just having a little extra weight isn't always a problem. It's how that weight is distributed on your body that can make a big difference. It's called your Waist to Hip Ratio.
How to Measure
Start by measuring the number of inches (or centimeters) around your waist. Men should start and finish at the naval. Women should measure midway between the bottom of the ribs and the top of the hip bone. Take the measurement while standing relaxed, no sucking the belly in!
Then measure the number of inches (or centimeters) around your hips. Men need to measure at the tip of the hip bone. Women should start measuring at the widest point between the hips and buttock.