Waist-to-Hip Ratio (WHR) Calculator

This waist-to-hip ratio calculator offers a quick and easy method by which you can determine your waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) and view your WHR on a chart to assess whether it is within the healthy range.

You can compute your WHR in five simple steps:

  1. Select your required measurement system (imperial or metric)
  2. Input your waist size using the appropriate measurement
  3. Input your hip size using the appropriate measurement
  4. Select your gender
  5. Hit the "Calculate" button to generate the results.

How to Measure and Calculate Your WHR

Measure your waist using a tape measure. Your waist is the smallest circumference of your core and is typically located immediately above your belly button. Then measure your waist, which is the widest point of your buttocks.

The WHR measurement is computed by dividing the width of your waist by the width of your hips. According to the National Institute of Health, if you have a WHR in excess of 1.0, you are at an increased risk of developing heart disease. It is generally desirable that women have a WHR of less than .80 and men have a WHR of less than .95.

WHR Calculator



What does the Waist-to-Hip Ratio mean?

We all know that body fat can be bad news for health. However, in addition to being concerned about how much body fat you have, you should also monitor where this fat is stored. The majority of people store fat in one of two ways: around their middle (an apple-shaped form) or around the hips (a pear-shaped form). Health practitioners and researchers are in general agreement that carrying excess weight around the middle, as is the case with people with an apple-shaped body form, are at a high risk of developing health complications associated with obesity; for example, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. However, regardless of where the excess fat is stored, obesity remains a major risk to health for people of all body shapes. It is important that people who are obese and/or have a high WHR are aware of the risks that this condition poses and take appropriate actions to manage the associated lifestyle factors.

WHR Formula

The formula that is employed to calculate the WHR is as follows:

Waist-To-Hip Ratio = Waist Measurement / Hip Measurement

When calculating your WHR, you should ensure that you input your hip and waist measurements in the same units (millimeters, centimeters, inches, etc.)

Reference: NHLBI Obesity Education Initiative. The practical guide: Identification, evaluation and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults. National Institutes of Health (NIH Publication Number 00-4084), 2000.

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