How to Take Measurements for Waist-to-Hip Ratio
To help reduce your risk of medical complications, your waist circumference should be:
Less than 35 inches (88.9 centimeters) for women
Less than 40 inches (101.6 centimeters) for men
To accurately measure your waist circumference, follow these steps:
• Place a tape measure around your bare stomach at the most-narrow circumference just above the upper hipbone, usually at your belly button or above. Measure in centimeters because it is easier to read and calculate the ratio.
• Make sure the measuring tape is parallel to the floor (slanting can falsely increase your measurement). Also ensure that the tape measure is snug to your body, but not so tight that it compresses the skin. Exhale while measuring and relax your abdomen.
To accurately measure your hip circumference, follow these steps:
• First look in a mirror and identify the widest part of your buttocks.
• Then place the tape measure at this location and measure around the circumference of your hips and buttocks. Measure in centimeters because it is easier to read and calculate the ratio.
To accurately calculate your waist to hip ratio, follow these steps:
This ratio compares the size of your waist to the size of your hips. The smaller your waist is in comparison to your hips, the lower your risk for heart disease. Even if you’re overweight and have a high waist circumference, your waist-to-hip ratio is an important measurement.
Follow these steps to determine your waist-to-hip ratio:
• Calculate your waist-to-hip ratio by dividing your waist circumference by your hip circumference.
• After you’ve determined your waist-to-hip ratio, use the following table to check your level of risk.