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.


#577 Karen 2018-03-22 00:41
Quoting Dannah:
I’m 14 I 5’6 and my waist is 26 inches. I weigh 122 pounds and I feel so uncomfortable with my weight. I used to weigh 130ish but I started getting afraid to gain and now I don’t eat near as much as I used to. Is this weight normal or what?

Hi, I am the same age, height, and around the same weight (120-125 varies). I used to weigh 150 but got down to my current weight. I feel the same way like it is too much but to be honest most of the other girls I hang out with are pretty slim and when I found out they weight a lot more than me I was shocked so I now consider myself at a good weight though I do have days where I just break down.
#576 Taylor 2018-03-21 19:12
I went Jean shopping today. Found out I went up waste size by 2 inches since I swore off jeans 2 years ago. I am 5'7 and waste size 30. Definitely going to be watching what I eat. Luckily I am large bust and tall enough that I look quite thin but having gone from a 28 to a 30 was very cringe worthy considering the largest size they carried at the place I was shopping at was a 31
#575 Deanna 2018-03-21 15:42
I am 5’5” with a 25.5 in waist... is that healthy
#574 Yes i can 2018-03-16 16:10
Okay so I plan to workout for 2 weeks and see where I stand in 2 weeks. My waist is 10 inches from where my goal is and I think I can lose 2 inches in 2 weeks.
#573 Denise 2018-03-16 09:00
Quoting Om:
Hey my weight is 75 kg and height is 5.7" and my waist size is 36". Am I overweight??

As a BSc student in Human Life Sciences, I can tell you that with the waist measurements and length you're describing, you should probably look into a more healthy lifestyle - at your current measurements you increase your risk of CVD by a lot.

But I'm more than certain you can do it girl! You're more than welcome to contact me for advice, since we have the same height x
#572 Denise 2018-03-16 08:56
I'm 5'7", 123lbs., 24 inch waist. Feeling so good about my progress!
#571 Denicy Rowse F. mene 2018-03-14 22:22
I'm female 5'3 24 inch waist.
#570 Saiki 2018-03-12 23:12
I'm 15 have a 22 inch waist and a man, 5'2 height
And I'm 57.5 kg
#569 the bean 2018-03-09 19:43
I'm 5'10" and have a 30-32" waist.. it says okay but I still have body image issues?
#568 Jocelyn 2018-03-09 00:46
I’m a 12 year old girl and I weigh like 87 lbs and I’m 5’0 and i have a 24 waist and I have a 6 pack considering I do sit-ups, planks, push-ups, etc. 4 days a week after I eat breakfast and before I go to school.
#567 Jennifer 2018-03-03 18:01
I'm 5'3 and my waist is 30 inches, is that considered lean or fat because I get a different reaction every time I look in the mirror and I just want to be sure with myself.
#566 Om 2018-03-03 12:28
Hey my weight is 75 kg and height is 5.7" and my waist size is 36". Am I overweight??
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