Our waist to height ratio calculator estimates your waist-height ratio, which is a simple, yet effective, indicator of centralized obesity and any associated cardiometabolic risk.
A person’s waist-to-height ratio (WHtR), also called waist-to-stature ratio (WSR), is defined as their waist circumference divided by their height, both measured in the same units. The WHtR is a measure of the distribution of body fat. Higher values of WHtR indicate higher risk of obesity-related cardiovascular diseases; it is correlated with abdominal obesity.
Why is waist-height ratio important?
The waist to height ratio is a measure of the distribution of body fat. The higher someone’s waist-height ratio is, the higher their risk of obesity-related cardiovascular diseases, as it is a rough estimate of obesity. Studies have found that a person’s waist-height ratio is a good indicator of their risk of heart attack, stroke or death, while its link to diabetes hasn’t been proved yet. Other indicators of abdominal obesity are body mass index (BMI) and waist-hip ratio. This review, which covers all cardiometabolic outcomes from studies in fourteen different countries, set the following cut-off values for WtHR:
0.50 for men and for women.
Waist to height ratio is a simple measurement for assessment of lifestyle risk and overweight. Compared to just measuring waist circumference, waist to height ratio is equally fair for short and tall persons. This calculator is valid for children and adults.
- Measure your waist circumference at a horizontal line one inch above your belly button.
- Enter waist circumference and height by turning the dials.
Measuring waist to height ratio is gaining popularity in the scientific society as several studies have found that this is a more valid measurement than BMI. Just measuring waist circumference is inherently biased for people taller or shorter than average population.