Nov 06

Why you should measure waist hip ratio

Most of us are concerned about belly fat because of the way it looks or because it makes it hard to button our pants.  But there’s much more to it than that.

Upper-body or abdominal obesity is known to increase the risk of developing coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and stroke. So, you can see how it might be a good thing to know if you are at risk.

It’s simple!

The waist hip ratio is a quick and reliable technique for determining body fat distribution.

Simply measure your waist.waist circumference

  • Using a non-elastic measuring tape, wrap the tape around your abdomen at the smallest point at or near the navel (belly button).
  • Pull the tape tight enough to keep it in position, but not so tight as to create an indentation in the skin.
  • If you do not have a large enough measuring tape, use a piece of string and measure the length of the string with a ruler.

Now measure your hips at the widest point around your buttocks.

Then divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement.  Voila!

waist hip ratio

That’s all there is to it, and now you know what your risk level is.  Of course, if you’re at risk you may want to consider doing something to lower your risk.  This would involve modifying your eating and/or exercise habits.

One other indicator of abdominal obesity is the waist circumference itself.  Waist circumferences of greater than 40 inches (102 cm) in men and 35 inches (89 cm) in women are strong indicators of abdominal obesity.

Another thing to note is that it’s possible to have abdominal obesity without being overall obese.  There are many people, particularly men, who carry an excess amount of fat in their abdomen while the rest of their body is of normal proportions.  This is still particularly risky.

Now what?

OK… now you know that you’re at increased risk.  What do you do about it?

Well… you could read articles about it and scan the internet and do lots of research.  But your time would be better spent taking a walk around the block.  Studies show that exercise helps to decrease the size of the fat cells.  So, watch your calories and get moving.

I hope this has been of value to you.  Please leave me a comment below.  Better yet, take your measurements and declare your waist hip ratio to the world (or just me).  Then, if you’re at risk, let’s get to work on improving it.  I want you all to be healthy!  Call, text, email or skype me and we’ll go to work on lowering your risk.  Click here for my contact information.

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  1. magicmonday

    Great article! Unfortunately I don’t need to measure to know I need to lose a few pounds. Definitely need to get out there and walk more with the wife.

    1. Alice

      That’s a great point you just made! It’s so important to include the people in your life as you work toward a healthy lifestyle. They will benefit as well, and it’s so much more enjoyable to do things with a partner. Thanks for leaving a comment.

  2. Jason

    Great post, I am actually on a weight loss program at the moment and find your site very interesting, I definitely will be back.

    1. Alice

      Thanks, Jason. What weight loss program are you on? I have lots of practical tips and advice for anyone who wants to be more healthy and lose weight, even if they’re already on a weight loss program. So, come back and visit again sometime soon.

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