Your health is not only determined by how much body fat you have but also where your body fat is located. There are different shapes of the body and your body can be classified according to the places your body is storing the fat.
- Apple shaped body – Those who have a lot of fat around the waist.
2. Pear-shaped body – Those who have large fat stored around their hips.
Apple shaped body face higher health problems associated with obesity than a pear-shaped body. Body shape is inherited and you have it since birth but with special care, you can keep your weight at a healthy level.
Women having the Waist-hip ratio of 0.8 or less are considered safe while among Men Waist-hip ratio of 0.95 or less is considered as safe. While others having a Waist-hip ratio of 1 or higher are overweight and have health problems.
As long as you keep your weight under control it hardly matters if you have an apple or pear-shaped body but with excess weight, you increase the risk of health problems associated with obesity.
Waist to Hip Ratio Chart
Male Female Health Risk-Based Solely on WHR
0.95 or below 0.80 or below Low Risk
0.96 to 1.0 0.81 to 0.85 Moderate Risk
1.0+ 0.85+ High Risk
How to measure your WHR
1. Get a measuring tape, which you can easily wrap around your body.
2. Stand straight with both feet close together, give measurement close to the skin as possible.
3. Make a measurement of hip and waist just when to finish exhaling and beginning another inhalation.
4. Write down your measurement Waist Circumference and Hip Circumference.
5. For Hip Circumference keep the tape at the widest part of your hip.
6. Take a second reading for both the measurement for some changes due to breathing.
7. Divide your waist circumference by your hip circumference.
For example, you got waist circumference is 26″ and your hip circumference is 32″
Then 26/32 = .81 so your Waist-hip ratio is .81.
Your health is not only determined by how much body fat you have but also where If your measurement is above .80 for Women and above .95 for Men then you need to take extra care of your weight. Try to keep your weight at the healthy level by eating nutritious food, doing regular exercise and maintaining healthy lifestyle habits.