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.


#632 Lily 2018-07-22 04:38
I'm 5ft 5 and have a 23-inch waist. I'm also 113 lbs and it also says "take care" however it not may be as accurate for me since I have a fast metabolism and its very difficult for me to gain weight
#631 sailay 2018-07-20 00:21
i'm 41 years old woman my weight is 57 i'm 157 cm tall and waist line is 32 inch
#630 John McCourt 2018-07-16 17:07
I'm a 67 year old man measuring 5'6'' in height and weighing about 140 to 142 pounds and my waistline is 35 inches. Should my waistline be somewhere closer to 33 to 34 inches?
#629 Airel Flowers 2018-07-14 18:21
I am a female 17 year old with the height of 5"5 and with a hip measurement of 42.2 my stomach is 37.5 and and under my chest is 35.5, what shout my meadurements be at the age and height, yes i am over weight.
#628 Janine 2018-07-14 04:51
Quoting Janine:
I am 17years old, with a height of 16)cm and 62cm waistline. Unsure of weight, as there’s no scales in the house. Is this alright?

#627 Janine 2018-07-14 04:47
I am 17years old, with a height of 16)cm and 62cm waistline. Unsure of weight, as there’s no scales in the house. Is this alright?
#626 Rob 2018-07-11 20:26
I see a lot of young teenagers on here. Please, please, please talk to your doctor about your weight before you take advice from a website. Take anything you see here to your doctor and ask their opinion. DO NOT TAKE THIS SITE AS THE FINAL WORD. PLEASE!
#625 Zac Morrison 2018-07-08 20:13
Im 13, 162 lbs and 5'6, I also have a waist of 36 inches, I am not sure to be worried or not, please leave opinions, which are fact based and straight on.
#624 jessica sans 2018-07-08 09:40
i'm 14, my waist size is 33.7 and im 5.5 feet, is this normal? i weigh 64 kilos but my bmi is normal, so im not sure if i need to workout or if i'm fine
#623 Nelly 2018-07-06 12:30
hi, i'm 14 and i am 166cm, and my waist mesure 64 cm, i think i have finished my puberty, because i heard that you stop growing 2 years after your first periods, so my question is, will this be my ''final'' form, idk how to say it, i'm french actually :c thank you for helping!
#622 Khaled Ali Hassan 2018-07-04 09:34
I'm 32 years old my waist is 78 and height is 167cm my ratio is 0.47 is that good? I have a little belly
#621 Mohamad Kaddoura 2018-06-30 18:34
Quoting Bailey:
I'm 5'1, 13 almost 14 years old, my waist is 30 in and i'm 128 lbs. I know i'm overweight. What should my weight and waist size be around? I don't want " You're too young to be worried about this" as an answer, I want opinions. Thanks.

You are still in growth mode, just eat healthy food and that's it. If you continue eating this way you will look the same, but if you eat healthy food, not few of it, you will see results.
#620 Coco 2018-06-15 23:44
Im 13 years old, around 152cm tall and my waist is 49 centimetres? is that okay?
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