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Waist-to-Hip RatioYour health is affected not only by how much body fat you have, but also by where the fat is located on your body. People who tend to gain weight mostly in their hips and buttocks have roughly a pear body shape, while people who tend to gain weight mostly in the abdomen have more of an apple body shape.

The apple body shape (body fat is stored around the middle - i.e. abdomen, chest and surround internal organs, such as the heart) is linked with health problems such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and gall bladder disease.

The shape is predominantly a male phenomenon; although women are more prone to develop an apple shape in mid-life, particularly after menopause.

People with a Pear Body Shape have hips wider than their shoulders because their bodies store fat there and on the thighs. Pear shaped bodies carry their extra weight below the waistline, and do not seem to have as high a risk of developing health problems like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, ... than people with an Apple Body Shape.

Pear shaped people usually lose fat in the upper body, so their overall shape doesn't change much when they lose weight.

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Stand in a relaxed position breathing normally when you take the measurement. Do not pull tightly on the measuring tape. Measure your waist at the smallest section of your natural waist, usually located just above the belly button. Measure your hips on the widest part of your buttocks.
Mandatory Fields *

Waist Circumference *

(inches)

Hip Circumference *

(inches)
Gender Male   Female
Calculate
Male Female Health Risk
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
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