ENTERING YOUR INFORMATION
Studies have shown that your body shape is linked to higher risks for health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Your body shape is determined by the size of your waist in relation to the size of your hips. This is called the waist-hip ratio, a number. Use the calculator above to find out your body shape and health risks.
This Waist-to-Hip Calculator is for middle-aged men and women. It may not apply to young children, the elderly, or pregnant women.
Measure Yourself First
To use the calculator, measure your waist and hips. So, get out that measuring tape!
For your waist size, measure the narrowest part of your torso. If you can't find it, measure around at your belly button. No sucking in!
For your hip size, measure around the widest part of your hips.
- Enter your waist size in the box provided. If the number is in centimeters, select Centimeters from the drop-down list.
- Enter your hip size in the next box. If the number is in centimeters, select Centimeters from the drop-down list.
- Select Male or Female.
- Click Submit/Calculate.
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Did you know that the size of your waist in relation to the size of your hips can help predict your risk for diabetes and other conditions? The higher your waist-hip ratio, the higher your health risks may be. This is true no matter how tall or big-boned you are. Find out if you are at risk using the Waist-to-Hip Calculator.
Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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