Waist and height ratio is an indicator of your risks for obesity, heart diseases, diabetes, stroke, and hypertension. Men and women should keep their waist circumference, no more than half their height
. Waist and height ratio should not be confused with the 'Waist to Hip Ratio' which is used to measure body fat distribution. Waist circumference has a direct correlation with the risk of developing heart diseases. Greater the waist circumference, the higher the morbidity and mortality from heart disease, diabetes, stroke and hypertension and when this is measured as a ratio against your height, it becomes more meaningful. This calculation is equally valid for children as it is for adults.
|To find out your level of risk, it is important to measure your waist circumference accurately.
| How to measure your WAIST and HEIGHT
Take a measurement tape and follow the guidelines given.
- The tape measure should be placed directly on your skin, not over your clothing.
- The correct place to measure your waist is horizontally halfway between your lowest rib and the top of your hipbone.
- Breathe out normally and take the measurement.
- Hold the tape lightly so as not to compress your skin
- Measure your correct height by standing in an erect (straight) position.