Waist to Hip Ratio (WHR) is a measurement that compares the circumference of a person's waist to that of their hips. It is used to assess the distribution of body fat and determine the risk for certain health conditions.
To calculate WHR, divide the waist circumference by the hip circumference. A ratio of 0.90 or higher for men, and 0.85 or higher for women, indicates an increased risk for health problems related to excess abdominal fat, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke.
WHR is considered a better predictor of health risk than body mass index (BMI) for individuals who carry excess weight in their midsection. This is because carrying excess abdominal fat can be more harmful to health than carrying excess fat in other areas of the body. Therefore, even if a person's BMI falls within the normal range, a high WHR may indicate an increased risk for health problems.
Overall, measuring WHR can help individuals and healthcare professionals identify potential health risks related to excess abdominal fat and develop strategies to reduce that risk, such as weight loss, exercise, and dietary changes.