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.

Instructions:
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.

Ratio
0.47
OK
Waist
inches
80
Height
ft' in''
170

Background:

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.

References:

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: 0ยท5 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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#497 A person 2017-06-23 08:42
I'm 13 and I'm 5'4 and my waist is 31 inches. I'm way overweight tho but I don't even rolls or anything like that. Where does all the weight come from if there's not much fat?
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#496 Alyssa 2017-06-20 22:28
Hi, I'm 15 I weigh 119 my waist is 22 inches and I have very big thighs and as you can see I do have a very small waist and it says to take care is that bad?
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#495 Sopka 2017-06-16 18:39
I am 5"4 with a 33 inch waist.
But i am very muscular and have big bones, is that good?
I am on a raw milk, organic food and no junk-food diet, (my mum's a nutritionist)
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#494 Lolna 2017-06-14 14:04
Quoting Lolna:
I'm 5,3 and have a 24in waist I'm 13 is that bad I know to says take care but I'm also a vegetarian.

Also I'm 100 pounds
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#493 Lolna 2017-06-14 13:59
I'm 5,3 and have a 24in waist I'm 13 is that bad I know to says take care but I'm also a vegetarian.
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#492 Kathleen 2017-06-11 01:52
I'm 12, 5'2, and my waist is 29 in. The calculator says I'm healthy but I am too flabby to wear crop tops
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#491 Human J-bob 2017-06-11 00:11
Kid, you don't have anything to worry about. I'm 13, 5'6, and have a 26 inch waist. I will tell you right now, YOU ARE NOT FAT! Your weight is completely healthy. If you try to lose a heap of weight, it could cause serious damage to you. If you are really concerned about your weight, talk to your doctor. Just remember to eat a balanced plate with all five food groups, and don't eat a lot of junk food. :D
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#490 Cass 2017-06-09 14:43
I am 5'5 with a 25" waist. Do i need to gain weight of loose it?
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#489 Raina 2017-06-06 17:01
Hi i'll be sixteen in 9 days, i'm 5ft 3 in tall and my waist is 27 inches. Everyones saying am fat and i hate it like crazy. I can't even dress the way i want to.
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#488 Sai 2017-06-05 12:35
Hi my height is 6 feet and my waist is 40 do you think it is good?? If not then what is the perfect waist size for me and how can I do it???
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#487 Lily 2017-06-02 09:12
I feel really obese my height is 5'1 and my waist is 20 inches, does anyone have any tips for loosing fat and weight?
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#486 Ohno 2017-05-20 06:55
Quoting ash:
i am 5'1 and i have a 35" waist. the calc says i am obese but i think i look normal i for not pudgy when i look a myself in the mirror. i think this might be a bit inaccurate as the doctor has never commented on my weight and my parents think i'm healthy


Honey, anything above 32 inches is considered dangerous for your health. At 5'1" your waist should be about 26 inches. You're definitely overweight.
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#485 Jackie 2017-05-17 20:16
Im 5'7'' and have a 30 inch waist. it says im ok but i think im fat.
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#484 Jackie 2017-05-17 20:12
Quoting @IrreverentGal:
Quoting Anonymous:
I'm 13 and 5.6.5" (or 5'7", I'm not completely sure.) And I have a 22 inch waist - is this too big?


I'm 38yo, 5'6&1/2" and have more than double your fullest waist size. You are not too big. I can't answer if you are healthy though. Only your Dr can tell you that.
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#483 ash 2017-05-16 22:26
i am 5'1 and i have a 35" waist. the calc says i am obese but i think i look normal i for not pudgy when i look a myself in the mirror. i think this might be a bit inaccurate as the doctor has never commented on my weight and my parents think i'm healthy
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#482 sof 2017-02-14 02:49
i'm a 5'6 female and i'm mostly muscle, not fat. I have a 22 inch waist and I'm not sure if that's healthy...
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#481 Emma 2017-02-13 08:06
I am 5'10 and 32 waist and it says I'm ok. I still think I'm fat, what should my waist really be?
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#480 Merlequa Broussard 2017-02-06 20:19
Hi my name is merlequa am trying 2 better myself by getting health
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#479 Kati 2017-02-01 10:02
Quoting em20.ek:
I am 16. I'm 5'3.5" and I have a 30" waist, 41" hips, and 37" bust. I am curvy. I hate my body, but most people consider my body beautiful. I want to lose about 50 lbs. I would be comfortable with myself at that weight. To others on here, am I considered fat?
To be clear, I am NOT saying you're fat or that you aren't perfect how you are. I'm just responding to your quote that "most people consider my body beautiful." "Most" is relative. I personally, though, believe you should be healthy and happy first and foremost. If you want to lose weight, that's fine, but do it with a lifestyle change and not a fad diet. Starvation and high dollar supplements don't work longterm. Exercise, fruits and vegetables work best. I was anorexic and bulimic and I assure you, starvation only works temporarily- it is not a longterm solution.
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#478 Kati 2017-02-01 09:57
Quoting em20.ek:
I am 16. I'm 5'3.5" and I have a 30" waist, 41" hips, and 37" bust. I am curvy. I hate my body, but most people consider my body beautiful. I want to lose about 50 lbs. I would be comfortable with myself at that weight. To others on here, am I considered fat?
It depends where you are. In the US, you're an average size and most will consider it beautiful. In Europe, your size/shape would be a minority. I held myself to the US standard of 140 lbs/5'4" until I moved to Europe and felt larger than average. Most people here walk a lot, bicycle a lot, and live a different lifestyle. They also medicate a lot less, and get sick less often. Generally, slimmer is more popular outside the US.
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#477 Alexis 2017-01-29 03:42
Quoting Becca:
I'm 5'4 and my waist is 25 inches...it says 'take care' and my weight is 129 pounds...does this mean I need to lose a lot of weight.

All of you teenagers feeling insecure need to chill out like honestly if the calculator says take care it means you are underweight if it says consider action then you are slightly overweight Jesus I am 13 and as long as I am healthy then i don't care all of you people wondering whether you should starve yourselves need to drop those magazines and educate yourself that being "Healthy" doesn't mean "Skinny" like Jesus we are young we shouldn't be worrying too much about this stuff just eat healthy and exercise regularly.
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#476 Helen Paul 2017-01-23 18:43
I can't get calculator to work. I'm 5'2 44" waist 74 yrs old
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#475 Rachel 2017-01-17 04:01
Listen guys. I'm not underweight or anything but this just goes to show how broken the beauty standards are... Ok, I juts looked up "What sizes do models have to be?" Ok, it says that they have to be around 5'9" and have a waist size of 24"... According to this calculator, that's kinda underweight... Us kids look at these models and get an idea of what we think is pretty... The truth is that "pretty" isn't always healthy. If you do however feel overweight, do NOT starve yourself. Anorexia is an emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat. They come with some SERIOUS side effects too... Symptoms include dehydration, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, low blood pressure, low body temperature, osteoporosis, water-electroly te imbalance, feeling cold, binge eating, compulsive behavior, hyperactivity, impulsivity, social isolation, anxiety, apprehension, guilt, constipation, vomiting,and much more... Does any of that sound "pretty" anymore?
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#474 em20.ek 2017-01-16 23:37
I am 16. I'm 5'3.5" and I have a 30" waist, 41" hips, and 37" bust. I am curvy. I hate my body, but most people consider my body beautiful. I want to lose about 50 lbs. I would be comfortable with myself at that weight. To others on here, am I considered fat?
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#473 sammy 2017-01-08 23:00
I'm 15, 121 lbs, and my waist is a 25, but my thighs are a size 7 in jeans. i think i have fat thighs, but idk. am i ok or do i need to lose weight?
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