How accurate is waist-to-hip ratio?

The accuracy of waist to hip ratio will between individuals. The ratio is a very popular measurement for doctors to obtain because it can be used as quick risk factor assessment; however, 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. Waist to hip ratio is measurement typically used to indicate the health of an individual and the risk of weight-related health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. It has been shown that carrying more weight around the waist (such as an apple-shaped individual does) increases the risk for certain disease as compared to carrying more weight around the hips (such as in a pear-shaped individual).

Continue Learning about Evaluating & Measuring Fitness

What is a sport-specific nutrition assessment?
Mr. Rich Kevan, CPTMr. Rich Kevan, CPT
It is a sports specific nutrition test and consultation to show an athlete the specific energy requi...
More Answers
How can athletes be evaluated during exercise in the heat?
Michael Bergeron, PhDMichael Bergeron, PhD
A sweat fluid and electrolyte losses and physiological strain in the heat assessment evaluates an at...
More Answers
How can I measure the intensity of my exercise?
Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family MedicineUniv. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
To measure the intensity of your exercise you should measure your heart rate. Aerobic exercise can b...
More Answers
What does the push up test measure?
Kristy Lee Wilson - Sharecare Fitness ExpertKristy Lee Wilson - Sharecare Fitness Expert
The push up test measures muscular endurance of the upper body. The push up test is performed for a ...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.