Waist to Hip Ratio, Waist Circumference, Abdominal Body Fat Distribution, Apple Shape

Waist to Hip Ratio

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Waist to Hip Ratio

Waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) is a way of determining your body shape (apple/pear) and thus your weight-related health risks.

Apple-Shape or Pear-Shape

Most people store their body fat in two distinct ways: around the middle (apple shape), or around the hips (pear shape).

For most people, being an apple shape (carrying extra fat around the abdomen) places them in a higher health risk category than being a pear shape (carrying extra weight around the hips or thighs). Other important measurements are
Body Mass Index (BMI), Body Fat Percentage and Waist Circumference

Healthy Waist to Hip Ratio

  • Ideally, women should have a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.8 or less.
  • Ideally, men should have a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.95 or less.
  • See Waist-Hip Ratio Calculator

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