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Waist to Hip Ratio

Researchers came up with this test after discovering 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. Measure 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 buttocks.

Women ideally want to have a waist-to-hip ratio below .80
Men should be below .95

Waist Measurement
Hip Measurement
Waist/Hip Ratio

If your number is higher than that, you are at a much higher risk of weight-related health problems, including diabetes, hypertension and heart problems. If you find yourself near or above those danger numbers, you need to take steps today to start losing the fat.


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