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.


#559 Justice Epton 2018-02-16 02:17
Hello! my height is 5, 3 and i have a waist of 27'' i weigh 96 pounds, am i overweight? i don't know what to do at the moment.
#558 Justice Epton 2018-02-16 02:15
Hello! I am 12 years old with a waist of 27'' i'm not sure what to do, is this normal or am i a bit overweight?
#557 Teresa 2018-02-16 01:52
I just measured my waist and I feel terrible I look in the mirror and I say what are you doing ,I,m 5'11 and
my waist is 45' inches ,I need advice quick
#556 Yoyo 2018-02-14 01:57
Hey so my measurements are 39 and I’m around 5’6-5’8 and I’m 13 so I just wanted to know from others if that’s fat or not I just really feel like I am compared to other girls

Also I do sort of excercize daily but that’s only for school so I don’t know if I should try to get better or if I’m fine just the way I am

Sorry for your wasted time :(
#555 Meg 2018-02-09 04:10
Quoting Aditya Bijuria:
Hello my height is 6 feet and my waist is 40 inches. What should I do so that my waist will become 32-34 inches. Thank you!!

Quoting Lili:
Hey so I am 5”2 and have a 22-23 inch waist i feel like i am just putting on weight even though i try to skip lunch and breakfast everyday but im not getting any thinner does anyone have any advice? Xx

Quoting Lili:
Hey so I am 5”2 and have a 22-23 inch waist i feel like i am just putting on weight even though i try to skip lunch and breakfast everyday but im not getting any thinner does anyone have any advice? Xx

If you’re a 22-23 inch waist at my height of 5’2”... you should really consider staying there unless you intend to lose all of your “assets”. A colleague is my height with a 20” waist and people stare at her in public because she appears to be homeless, not attractive. Consider that.
#554 mag 2018-02-08 03:21
i am 5'4" and have a waist circumference of 27". I used to be 33", which was considered a small amount over weight in my time.
just remember this; if you want to lose weight, starving yourself is not the way. all i did to get a flatter stomach was eat right and avoid white, sugary, wheaty, processed foods and got at least one hour of physical activity a day. if you keep a balanced diet, you should see improvements in no time. i did in three-four months. starving yourself will only help you put on weight, since your body becomes accustomed to starving yourself and it stores extra fat to use as energy because it recognizes you aren't eating. just stay healthy and positive, and dont forget to give yourself a treat once in awhile :) +, you're perfect anyways
#553 emanuela paradiso 2018-02-03 23:37
I am 1.64 cms and have a reading of 0.45
#552 Tessie 2018-01-31 17:40
I'm 4'7, with a 24 inch waist, 40+ inch hips.
I don't mind my measurements currently, boy is it nice to be a pear :^]
#551 Tree 2018-01-25 02:43
I am a 19 year old female 5’10” with 22” waist. What would “Take Care” mean?
#550 Camille 2018-01-23 02:32
Hi I’m 16 years old. I’m 5’5” and I weigh 140 lbs. I have a waist circumference of 31 inches and I was wondering how I could lose weight and maybe get to a waist circumference of 26 or 27 inches? Please
#549 Jenna Bloomer 2018-01-22 08:38
Okay I'm a female 5'10 and my waist is 25 inches. Is it bad that I know it's small, but I want it to be smaller....like its almost obsessive. I just want to look like a Disney character or a Barbie doll.
#548 jade 2018-01-20 07:54
Quoting 千尋:
i'm 5'3", age 17, 23" waist and 34" hips. even though i got a flat stomach i wanna go down to 22". is that bad?

Hey i am also trying to loose sone weight but remember that you are perfect. I have a similar build to you and think that you should be happy whatever you look like. Ask a relative or doctor or freind etc if they can suggest any ideas but I think that you are really skinny so dont worry about it. One of the best ways to loose weight healthily is exercise. Eat a normal diet and drink lots because if you starve yourself likelyhood is that you will only loose muscle so instead make some time for a morning run and feed yourself properly you are beautiful the way you are xx
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