What is a good waist-to-hip ratio?

A good waist to hip ratio for women is below .80 and a good ratio for men is below .95. It should be considered that waist to hip ration 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 calculated by measuring the circumference of an individual’s waist and dividing it by the circumference of the individual’s hips. This ratio helps the individual determine their risk for certain health-related conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Individuals with a larger mid-section than hips (or who appear to be apple-shaped) are at greater risk for these conditions because the fat accumulation in the mid-section. If an individual accumulates more fat around the hips, they are not at as much risk for weight-related diseases.

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