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.


#683 Jan 2018-09-18 18:04
Quoting Dregus mosley:
I'm I fat?

Based on all the extensive information we have about you we can say with certainty that you are.
#682 Jan 2018-09-18 17:50
I think people shouldn't take these numbers too seriously.
I'm 6ft 5,weigh 156 lbs and my waist is 34 inches. I'm sure I'm underweight. My arms and legs are very skinny, I barely have any fat and muscles. You can count all my ribs and vertebrae. Still my bmi is 18.56 which is healthy and my waist to height ratio is 0.44, right in the middle of what is considered healthy.
#681 James 2018-09-17 22:12
So I'm 18 and 5"2 with a waist of 32 inches. So that's possibly overweight?. Wonderful .-.
#680 Ash 2018-09-15 08:37
Im a male age 15, i weigh 70 kg and hv a height of 164 and have waist of 81 cm am i fat
#679 Pete 2018-09-14 05:51
So I just need to grow 4 inches.
#678 Sarah 2018-09-12 23:32
I’m 18, between 5’6”-5’7” and weigh 145 lbs. my waist is about 31-32 inches. Should I be worried or consider losing weight?
#677 Chels 2018-09-09 13:07
I’m a 14 year old girl, my height is 5’3 (164cm) and my waist is 24inches (60cm). I weigh 91poimds (41.5kg). I feel that I need to loose wieght but idk, should I ?
#676 Mandy P. 2018-09-09 07:55
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?

Consider yourself lucky. I’m 16 and 5’1 and my fat waist is 32 inches.
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#674 Treasa 2018-09-07 02:24
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?
#673 Fatchik310 2018-09-06 15:17
i am 38 yo female with a 52 inch waist at a height of 5 feet 7 inches. I have diabetes, hyperlipedemia, high blood pressure, Micro Coronary Artery disease with moderate angina, smoke 1 pack of cigarettes a day and i get no exercise. Is my doctor correct in saying I have about an 86% chance of heart attack, most likely causing major heart damage.
#672 Dregus mosley 2018-09-05 18:30
I'm I fat?
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