Your hip to waist ratio helps to identify your fat distribution. It’s believed that people who store more fat towards their abdomen and chest area (known as ‘apple’ shaped) are at greater risk from lifestyle-related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. People who store more weight around thier hips (‘pear’ shaped) are at less risk.
- Use a measuring tape to take your hip and waist measurements.
- Measure your hip circumference at it’s widest part (usually the over the bony processes of the hip bone).
- Measure your waist circumference at the belly button.
Women: A value of 0.80 or higher indicates an increased health risk and weight loss should be seriously considered.
Men: A value of 0.95 or higher indicates an increased health risk and weight loss should be seriously considered.