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.

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.

Ratio
0.47
OK
Waist
inches
80
Height
ft' in''
170

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:

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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#804 Tina 2021-04-07 19:55
I’m 5ft 2in, I’m 44, my waist is 35in but my weight is 11 stone, been told by my doctor I need to lose a stone in weight. Any advice?
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#803 Corrie 2021-04-07 17:57
I am 14 years old, 4'10, 106lbs, and my waist is 23 inches. Am I underweight? I recently lost about 17 pounds unintentionally . I have and hourglass figure so the weight I had was quite flattering. Now my family and people who have known me for a long period of time tell me I look too skinny, I've even been told I looked like I'd started using drugs. I don't feel underweight at all though.
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#802 Lacey 2021-04-04 15:04
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#801 no 2021-04-03 01:00
Hi! i’m 14 and i’m 5’8 with the smallest part of my waist being 26 inches and i feel fat. Tips to get slimmer please
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#799 Jordan 2021-03-28 18:50
Im 13 and im 5'5 with a 24 inch waist what does this mean
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#798 Ash 2021-03-27 04:50
I am 15 and about 5 foot with a waist of 21-22 inches. is that underweight or unhealthy? I have had a very hourglass shape for most my life and eat pretty normal but i still look kinda unhealthy i have been told.
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#797 Stella 2021-03-22 17:08
Hi i am 11 years old, 4"10 and weight about 73 pounds. My waistline is 22 and a half inches. Am i underweight? And i dont necessarily have the slim figure. I look thin but with enough muscle idk.
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#796 Friens 2021-03-20 00:17
Quoting Layla:
Ok so im around 5'0 and 14, my waist is 40 inches, I already know im overweight but I workout and my waist stays the same, does anyone know if this is normal and what i I would do, I starved myself a while back and my waist went to 35 but went right back to 40 and i can never lose weight healthy and it never stays off!

Hey Layla, I strongly advise against starving yourself when trying to lose weight, because this will make you lose muscle and is actually really bad for you. Instead of changing your caloric intake, just get more exercise and burn more calories than you consume, or make gradual changes to your diet. This is a much healthier way to lose weight. Good luck!
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#795 Layla 2021-03-14 21:25
Ok so im around 5'0 and 14, my waist is 40 inches, I already know im overweight but I workout and my waist stays the same, does anyone know if this is normal and what i I would do, I starved myself a while back and my waist went to 35 but went right back to 40 and i can never lose weight healthy and it never stays off!
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#794 Alexis 2021-03-14 02:31
hi, i’m 12, my waist is 30.5 inches, i’m 5’4, and i weigh around 145-150 pounds? am i overweight?
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#793 Jacob 2021-03-11 20:21
It’s funny I’m 5’11 with a 28 inch waist and it’s say take care, but I’m far from underweight. I typically weigh 170 lbs.
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#792 Jace 2021-03-10 16:41
I'm 35 years old. I have 2 kids. My height is 150cm. Andy waistline is 27.inches. I exercise almost everyday but I still look like a 3 months pregnant
I feel awful considering my height. The stomach fat iis so stubborn. I try to eat healthy food everyday. I'm from Philippines and I can't live without rice.
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#791 Charlotte 2021-03-09 04:45
Quoting Natalie:
I feel like I'm gonna sound ridiculous. But I'm 5'1, 13 yrs, and 26 in. waist. That doesn't seem like a big waist size but seeing myself irl, it feels like It is.. Any advice or opinions? Brutal honesty is appreciated.


Im 5 feet tall, 12, and have a 26 inch waist as well. I have a bigger bust and wide hips so I believe I look a little bigger, but I've learned that belts can help. I'm also stretching daily and usually I'll hold a weight on one side and bring my arm down to slim my waist. Also, I thought I looked big as well and was on a diet. My whole class noticed and started frikin shouting at me that I'm fine and I don't need to. Of course, the only opinion that should matter to us is our own, but if you worry about other people it's usually not as bad as you think. So honestly, do whatever makes you happy. Eat what you want, wear what you want. As long as you feel happy I think we'll be fine :)
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