What do my waist and hip size indicate about my risk of heart disease?
Recent research shows that a person’s waist-to-hip ratio may be a better indicator of heart disease risk than body mass index. Enter your waist and hip measurement and this calculator will help you determine if you may be at higher risk.
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Gender: Select your gender.
Waist (at narrowest): Your waist measurement at its narrowest point (usually right above the belly button).
Hip (at widest): Your hip measurement at its widest point.
Waist to Hip Ratio: Your waist measurement in proportion to your hip measurement. 100% means your waist and hips are the same measurement. Greater than 100% means your waist is thicker than your hips. Less than 100% means your hips are thicker than your waist.
Body Shape: Pear shaped bodies carry more weight around the hips; apple shaped bodies carry more weight around the waist.
Interpretation: Pear shaped bodies tend to be lower risk for heart disease than apple shaped bodies.