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.
Jacky has a degree in Sports Science and is a Certified Sports and Conditioning Coach. He has also worked with clients around the world as a personal trainer.
He has been fortunate enough to work with a wide range of people from very different ends of the fitness spectrum. Through promoting positive health changes with diet and exercise, he has helped patients recover from aging-related and other otherwise debilitating diseases.
He spends most of his time these days writing fitness-related content of some form or another. He still likes to work with people on a one-to-one basis – he just doesn’t get up at 5am to see clients anymore.