Waist-to-hip ratio: How does it affect your health?
Get your tape measure and calculator. A study shows that, at least for older people, "waist to hip ratio" is more important than how much you weigh. This study was large - almost 15, people 75 years of age or older. The researchers looked at the relationship between waist to hip ratio and Body Mass Index BMI - how we measure weight for height and how many people died over the next 6 years. As it turned out, a high waist to hip ratio was more likely to be related to death than was BMI. In other words, it was "location, location, location" of fat that was most important - not how much you weigh.
Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. The low proportion of waist to hip size in females is a unique and adaptive human feature.
The waist-hip ratio or waist-to-hip ratio WHR is the dimensionless ratio of the circumference of the waist to that of the hips. The WHR has been used as an indicator or measure of health, fertility, and the risk of developing serious health conditions. WHR correlates with perceptions of physical attractiveness. Hip circumference should be measured around the widest portion of the buttocks, with the tape parallel to the floor.