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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredDoctors use waist to hip ratio to determine if a patient has too much abdominal fat. Studies strongly suggest that carrying excessive abdominal fat—that is, a thick pad of flab in the midsection—increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and premature death. To figure out your waist to hip ratio, measure your waist (just above the belly button) and your hips (at their widest point). Divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement. A ratio above 0.90 for men and 0.85 for women means excess abdominal fat.
Waist to hip ratio (WHR) is the circumference of the waist (smallest part of the torso, usually slightly above the navel) divided by the circumference of the hips (largest part of the buttocks). This ratio may indicate body fat distribution and obesity and potentially the risk for certain diseases, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.
Waist circumference and body mass index (BMI) are also tools used to define body fat distribution and obesity.
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Waist-hip ratio (WHR) is a tool to assess distribution of body fat. It looks at the relationship between the circumference measurements of your waist and hips and can be used as a measurement of your health. WHR is calculated by dividing your waist circumference by your hip circumference.
National Academy of Sports Medicine answeredWaist to hip ratio is a measurement which includes the circumference of an individual’s waist divided by the circumference of their hips. Your ratio tells you whether you’re shaped like a pear or an apple. Most people store fat on their body in two places, around their waist or around their hips. In a pear-shaped person, the fat accumulates around the hip region and on an apple-shaped person the fat accumulates around the waist and upper torso. Carrying the extra weight around the waist (apple-shaped) can make a person more prone to certain health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. A normal ratio for a female is below .80 and for a male a normal ratio is below .95. It should be considered that waist to hip ratio does not take into account lean body mass or fat mass, so a person could have a high waist to hip ratio but have a low body fat percentage.
Discovery Health answeredBody shape can be a good predictor of health. Learn to keep your body healthy by watching these tips from Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen.
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