# Waist to height ratio

Waist 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.

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:

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.

#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.
#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.
#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.
#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
#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...
#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?
#480 Merlequa Broussard 2017-02-06 20:19
Hi my name is merlequa am trying 2 better myself by getting health
#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.
#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.
#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.
#476 Helen Paul 2017-01-23 18:43
I can't get calculator to work. I'm 5'2 44" waist 74 yrs old
#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?
#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?
#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?
#472 Anon 2017-01-06 06:55
Quoting Nate:
Quoting anon:
I feel so fat compared to all of you! I am 12 years old, 4'11" and a 30 inch waist! it says 'consider action" and i'm like 'what the?!' I always though i was pretty average! i cant believe some of are like 5'7" with a 24 inch waist and you think you are fat! what is the matter with you people!? Ahhh... that's better, sorry, I just needed to vent. By the way... um, do any of you know a good way for me to lose weight fast?

anything below 0.5 for men is healthy.
so you're, at worst, just a tad unhealthy - probably no big deal.
more realistically, I shot up about a foot when I was about your age - your waist-to-height ratio might be much lower in a year, so don't worry about it

I'm a girl.
#471 Kpopper 2016-12-31 18:05
sooooo i am 11 and i am 4' 9" and my waist is 24 is that bad??????? and also i know a lot of kpop stars are "underweight" but they don't appear so???????? like jisoo from blackpink is 21 and she is 5'3" but she weighs 99 pounds?????????
#470 Ruth 2016-12-29 11:20
This is ridiculous.No, 11 inches waist for anyone over this age of 9 isn't healthy, it's under weight.9 stone for a 14 year old is healthy.Dependi ng on how you are built), Running,(or any exercise); 3 meals a day with a few healthy snacks is what helps you be fit and healthy.Everyon e's body is different, so the "average" healthy weight does not apply to everyone.It's not what is on the scales.If you want to tell if your healthy,just try to see how long you can run for without stopping,the time it takes to get your breath back after exercise;it's not being able to see you ribs.Also remember that going through puberty means that you will have puppy fat.. it's normal.If you do feel bad about your weight, then ask a doctor, don't google the answers, because sights like these are wrong.To be healthy, start by doing 4-5 hours of exercise a week. That's all you need!This could mean yoga, running,etc... So many fun, but affordable options.
Stay healthy but happy
#469 Carrie 2016-12-22 20:37
This calculator doesn't take into account fat distribution. I'm 5 foot 4 with a 25 inch waist and according to this I'm underweight, but people who have seen me will say that I appear average or even overweight (according to my doctor). That is because my body fat is mostly in my busy and legs. I have a 36 inch bust, 25 inch waist and 37 inch at the thickest part of my hips and I weigh about 125 pounds. Obviously not underweight.
#468 RubyScooby 2016-12-21 11:30
I am 14, 5'6 and have a 24 inch waist. I hate my body. I hate that I don't have thin thighs, and that my stomach is not always flat. After I eat I can see a lump where the food goes and it makes me feel terrible. I know I need to lose weight but myparents won't let me go on a diet and say they don't want me to have an "unhealthy attitude towards food". I don't have one. I am just a normal person who is sick and tired of being fat. want to do something about it. I want to lose a heap of weight.
P.S. I am 115 lbs
#467 ben 2016-12-15 05:46
so im 14 years old and im 6 foot and have a 32 inch waist, is this overweight?? my BMI is 20,2 and i weigh 145
#466 Nia 2016-12-04 20:51
Quoting Meagan:
Im almost 15, my bday is in 5 more days. Im 5'2 134 pounds. I have a 31 inch waist;/lol im so overweight.

Eh I was like 140 and I had a 31 inch waist (@ age 16) and i recently lost seven pounds and my waist is now 27 inches just keep your body type in mind. :)
#465 @IrreverentGal 2016-12-04 14:44
here's the bottom line. I'm fat. I'm 160lbs smaller than I was but not my "Highschool and most of my adult life" fat which is a total of 250lbs at 5'7". I was a vegetarian then and gained most of the weight when I introduced meats back into my diet. I still eat a healthful diet and am getting annoyed that none of these things bothers to consider genetics and age.When I'm the thin one in generations of my family I think it's worth considering. I also have friends in all sizes that have appalling blood work and pressure. In some cases it's because they eat things I wouldn't feed my worst enemy and in others it's because they have a family history of the diseases. Economic factors and proximity to grocery stores also play tremendous roles in what people are eating. If you live in a rural area and it's a 50min round trip to the store are you going to buy the more healthful frozen vegetables in 98° temps or the overcooked, sodium laden canned options?
#464 @IrreverentGal 2016-12-04 14:21
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.
#463 ncb 2016-12-02 02:07
thanks
#462 44yearoldwoman 2016-11-30 12:53
Quoting Valentina R:
First of all, I do NOT think that 10-12 year olds asking how to lose weight is heartbreaking. I believe it is perfectly fine! It would be worrying if they were letting themselves go, they are being cautious about their health which is unbelievably amazing for such a young person. I myself was like that at that age! I don't think age should be discriminated. North America, (USA and Canada) overthink shit too much, other countries, girls are getting lipo and breast implants at 15.
No big deal, I'm sick of people discriminating another persons dream!

Being concerned about weight is not anything out of the norm. What is worrisome is the am I fat. Focus should be eat healthy. Everyone is unique. You are what you eat.love yourself.