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.



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#758 Anonymous 2020-11-18 15:29
Quoting Anonymous:
Im 13,4'11 l,Weigh 95 Pounds And Have A 22 Inch Waist Am I Under Because It Says Take Care But I Feel Just Fine

You're still technically a child at 13, so I wouldn't worry as long as your measurements even out by the time you're 17 or 18. Even then, everyone is built different, so as long as you're eating well and feeling strong, you're probably fine.
#757 Anonymous 2020-11-17 15:51
Im 13,4'11 l,Weigh 95 Pounds And Have A 22 Inch Waist Am I Under Because It Says Take Care But I Feel Just Fine
#756 Talia 2020-11-12 23:32
I am 18 yrs old. Im a woman and im 5'8, 230 pounds sadly from quarantine. Before that i used to be 180. My waist now is 41.5 in but with this calculator it says a healthy waistline for me is 30 in.
#755 Emma 2020-11-12 15:53
I am a 14 years old girl and 5'8 125 and my waist is 24 inches
#754 caoimhe 2020-11-11 17:54
i’m a 14 year old girl
height: 5 4”
waist: 26”
weight: like 140 pounds ish
is this normal?
#753 Gourav 2019-04-19 06:55
[I am 26 yrs old male of height 5'9 .my waist size is exactly 30 since long time..also my neck is much thin and my ribs are petty much visible.How to get a waist near about 34 with good muscles in neck and chest?
#752 Charlie 2019-04-18 21:51
Im 24 male. I am 5'4 i think my waist is around 28 inch. I weigh around 145-150. I feel like my waist is too small. Like its dangerous for my organs or something. Hmm its not just the waist my stomach is completely flat.it dont seem right...stomach is lower than ribs .
#751 Patrick Milko 2019-04-15 02:33
My waist is 32 and I'm 5'5 I'm 27 male. Is that good or bad?
#750 Anna 2019-04-14 21:10
I'm 6 feet tall and my waist is 24
lol imma die
#749 Chad 2019-04-01 23:01
What if your waist to height ratio says take care but your BMI says you are over weight ?
#748 chris g kossnar 2019-03-31 18:58
Quoting Bill:
Im 5' 11" 40 waist 227lbs . How do I get to 32'" waist ?

Just work, work, work Bill. Eat sensibly, everyone knows what that means, & try to not overeat, just be patient(when you feel like you're still hungry, stop eating, wait about 10 minutes, & you'll be full--I promise, & you get better at it with practice). & exercise steadily, walk briskly, climb stairs, do an elyptical machine, whatever. & again, be patient. I've lost almost 70 lbs, & it took about 2 years, the slower you lose it, the better off you'll be, & MUCH better chance of keeping it off. My waist was at a peak of about 39" 5 years ago, now it's 31", which matches the smallest it's ever been as an adult. I'm 47 years old, 5' 11.5", 200 lbs.
#747 chris g kossnar 2019-03-31 18:52
I'm 5'11.5". weigh almost exactly 200 lbs, & JUST TODAY I fit into size 31" waist for the 1st time in a loooooong time. I've worked really hard to get fit & lean. I've almost lost alll of the fat now(down from a high of 265.5 lbs.)!
#746 K SHANKARK 2019-03-31 14:54
]I’m 61 and I’m actually between 5’2 and 5’3
#745 Quacker 2019-03-31 11:15
I'm 15 5'6 and 31 inch waist, at a WHOPPING 143 pounds. BMI 23 i think. No muscle all fat. I am very weak and don't exercise. Am I healthy? Why do I look fat?
#744 chris 2019-03-30 00:39
Quoting Bill:
Im 5' 11" 40 waist 227lbs . How do I get to 32'" waist ?

Give up one high calorie food or drink and swap it for a low or zero calorie option. soda out water instead. This creates a slight calorie drop. Eat better, whole grains, fruit and vegetables every meal. Exercise: walk a mile every day at a brisk pace, do the following three exercises: Pushups, sit ups and air squats. instructions are found on youtube. do it slowly

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