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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).

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