Waist to Height Ratio Calculator

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What is your body shape? APPLE or PEAR? To know your body shape use Medindia’s Waist to Height Ratio Calculator by keying in your waist and height measurements.

Waist to Height Ratio Calculator
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.
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Gender* Male   Female
Height*  cm   (or)  
 Feet  Inches
Waist Size*
 cm   inch
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Facts about Waist to Height Ratio

  • The waist to height ratio is a measure of the distribution of body fat.
  • Your waist to height ratio is calculated by dividing waist size by height. Your waist measurement must be less than half your height.
  • If you can keep your waist circumference to less than half of your height — so 91cm for a 183cm tall man, and 81cm for a 163cm woman –– you will reduce your risk of conditions associated with abdominal fat, such as stroke, heart disease and diabetes(High/low blood sugar).
  • If the waist circumference is more, the risk for heart disease is more, even if the body weight is less and vice versa.
  • For people under 40, a waist to height ratio of over 0.5 is critical; for people in the age group between 40 and 50 the critical value is between 0.5 and 0.6, and for people over 50 the critical values start at 0.6.
  • The best time to take your measurements for this calculation is in the morning. Your waist measurements are the most accurate just after you wake up from 7-8 hours of sleep.
  • Compared to just measuring waist circumference, waist to height ratio is equally fair for short and tall persons



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