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.


#609 Emma 2018-05-19 14:30
I am a little bit over 5'3" with a 27-inch waist is that bad? I am 17.
#608 MacKenzie 2018-05-18 00:57
Quoting Rowan:
I'm 5'8 and have a 24 inch waist. I'm 14 so buying clothes is a struggle. Fabrics are expensive and I'm lazy. Any tips

I’m the exact same way, I just buy children’s XL or Women’s XS and they usually fit almost the same way depending on the company
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#605 Watson 2018-05-14 17:54
Quoting Heidi:
I'm 5foot 9 33 years old and my waist is 34in. I'm 160 pounds. What is a good weight and size for my waist?

They say half your height is a safe bet. 34" times 2 is 68" (5'8"). So you should be in the clear. When i used to be 5'9 160 i looked skinny...
#604 Caleb 2018-05-12 02:37
Quoting Stevie wonder:
27 - 32 waist is the healthy range for 5ft 6 in height

Even if your 14?
#603 Heidi 2018-05-11 00:22
I'm 5foot 9 33 years old and my waist is 34in. I'm 160 pounds. What is a good weight and size for my waist?
#602 Stevie wonder 2018-05-09 16:55
27 - 32 waist is the healthy range for 5ft 6 in height
#601 Lacee 2018-05-08 13:23
Large frame 5’2-165lb-32in waist. Ladies please don’t forget to take your frame and body type into consideration.
#600 Matillda 2018-05-06 12:55
My waist is 80cm I’m 147cm tall I want to lose lots of weight but it’s so hard to my diet is eating nothing at all except water or than I can’t do it
#599 Kaitlyn 2018-05-05 19:26
Quoting Sofia Arriaga:
I am a little taller than 5 feet. My waistline is 38 and I am 13. I want to start losing weight and I want to know how much to lose to be average for my age.

Average weight for someone 5'3 and 13/14 is 120. So probably somewhere around 115
#598 Meg 2018-05-05 07:54
I'm 5ft3 with a waist of 22.5 is this normal? I'm 19
#597 Joanna 2018-05-03 21:54
5”5 with 37 inch waist.. wooowww reading the comments is not good for my self esteem :)))
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