What Should My Waist To Hip Ratio Be?

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What is a Waist to Hip Ratio?

Your waist to hip ratio is the ratio of the circumference of your waist compared to the circumference of your hips. This ratio has been used to measure health and your risks of developing diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

According to the World Health Organization, your waist should be measured around the mid part of your bottom rib and top of the hip bone (generally a finger width below your belly button), while your hips should be measured around the widest part of your butt.

What Should My Waist To Hip Ratio Be?

MEN ( AGE ) LOW RISK MODERATE RISK HIGH RISK VERY HIGH RISK
20  -29 <0.83 0.83.- 0.88 0.89 – 0.94 > 0.94
30 – 39 <0.84 0.84 – 0.91 0.92 – 0.96 > 0.96
40 – 49 <0.88 0.88 – 0.95 0.96 – 1.00 > 1.00
50 – 59 <0.90 0.90 – 0.96 0.97 – 1.02 > 1.02
60 – 69 <0.91 0.91 – 0.98 0.99 – 1.03 > 1.03

 

WOMEN ( AGE ) LOW RISK MODERATE RISK HIGH RISK VERY HIGH RISK
20 -29 <0.71 0.71 – 0.77 0.78 – 0.82 > 0.82
30 – 39 <0.72 0.72 – 0.78 0.79 – 0.84 > 0.84
40 – 49 <0.73 0.73 – 0.79 0.80 – 0.87 > 0.84
50 – 59 <0.74 0.74 – 0.81 0.82 – 0.88 > 0.88
60 – 69 <0.76 0.76 – 0.83 0.84 – 0.90 > 0.90

 

Waist to Hip Ratio Example

Mike is a 36 year old computer programmer. When meeting with his trainer, his waist measures 34″ while his hips measure 36″.

34/36 = .94

This puts Mike in a high risk category.

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