Waist to height ratio

Waist to height ratio calculatorWaist to height ratio is a simple measurement for assessment of lifestyle risk and overweight. Compared to just measuring waist circumference, waist to height ratio is equally fair for short and tall persons. This calculator is valid for children and adults.

1. Measure your waist circumference at a horizontal line one inch above your belly button.
2. Enter waist circumference and height by turning the dials.

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Measuring waist to height ratio is gaining popularity in the scientific society as several studies have found that this is a more valid measurement than BMI. Just measuring waist circumference is inherently biased for people taller or shorter than average population.

This calculator uses the criteria for interpretitation suggested by Ashwell.


Indices of abdominal obesity are better discriminators of cardiovascular risk factors than BMI: a meta-analysis.
J Clin Epidemiol. 2008 Jul;61(7):646-53. Epub 2008 Mar 21.
Lee CM, Huxley RR, Wildman RP, Woodward M.

A systematic review of waist-to-height ratio as a screening tool for the prediction of cardiovascular disease and diabetes: 0·5 could be a suitable global boundary value.
Browning LM, Hsieh SD, Ashwell M.
Nutr Res Rev. 2010 Dec;23(2):247-69. Epub 2010 Sep 7.


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#719 Jackie 2018-12-14 11:26
5’6” waist = 59” weight = 285 lbs
Am I in danger of dying in the next 10 years I am 45 now.
#718 Rebecca 2018-12-13 21:08
I’m 26 I weight 146,mostly muscles and my waist is at 32 inches I’m 5’2
#717 Christine 2018-12-07 05:55
Hi, I’m a 15 year old girl that is 5’10, has a 28inch waist and I weigh 145 pounds. Am I in a healthy condition?
#716 aria 2018-12-04 20:37
I am a 15 girl with a height of 165cm and a waist of 27inches am I okay??
Whats the ideal waist for me
#715 Umka 2018-11-29 01:33
I’m 19
Weigh bout 110 lbs
Height 5’4”
My waist is 22 inches
Should I be worried??
#714 Angelica 2018-11-26 05:17
Quoting JohnH12:
Quoting Colour:
My waist is 25 inches and I’m 5’11 am I fat ?

Quoting Colour:
My waist is 25 inches and I’m 5’11 am I fat ?

Quoting Colour:
My waist is 25 inches and I’m 5’11 am I fat ?

Yea you’re definitely obese.

no, i think this may be a troll sight telling people they are obese when they arent. you are perfectly fine, and actually i think you are a little too skinny for your height. Just take care, ok? :)
#713 Vic 2018-11-25 10:44
Im confused do you do his on a empty stomach or after you eaten cause your waist obviously expands when you eat.
#712 Elliot Baxter 2018-11-24 14:55
Quoting Treasa:
I'm 13 and 5'5 almost 5'6 and weigh about 105-110 pounds. And my waist like in 29inchs, am I over weight? Or am I fat?

Hey Treasa, I think you should definitely lose some weight. It sounds like you might be close to obesity. I’m a doctor. Please reply back to me and we’ll talk. I think I could help you :)
#711 Elliot Baxter 2018-11-24 14:44
Hey, I’ve got a 37 inches belly. I’m really skinny and I’m 150 cm tall. How much weight should I gain?
#710 Taylor 2018-11-22 23:51
I'm 5'2" and my waist is 23. Is that perfect or still need to control myself?
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#708 JohnH12 2018-11-19 06:21
Quoting Colour:
My waist is 25 inches and I’m 5’11 am I fat ?

Quoting Colour:
My waist is 25 inches and I’m 5’11 am I fat ?

Quoting Colour:
My waist is 25 inches and I’m 5’11 am I fat ?

Yea you’re definitely obese.
#707 Colour 2018-11-04 14:09
My waist is 25 inches and I’m 5’11 am I fat ?
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