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.



#532 Dannah 2017-10-19 01:40
I’m 14 I 5’6 and my waist is 26 inches. I weigh 122 pounds and I feel so uncomfortable with my weight. I used to weigh 130ish but I started getting afraid to gain and now I don’t eat near as much as I used to. Is this weight normal or what?
#531 robotmonkey 2017-10-18 01:16
Quoting Debbie maina:
Hy am Debbie am 14 am 165 inches tall n my waist is 23 inches is there anything wrong with me ??

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#523 Dale 2017-10-08 20:50
Quoting Naomi:
Ok im 13 5'7 with a waist width of 25 and 95 pounds it says im underweight but i dont feel like that. My friends yell at me for not eating lunch and tell me im anorexic but they dont know my story. Im still trying to lose weight at least 20 pounds. Any suggestions.

Don't lose weight. If you are 5'7 and 95 lbs, you need to gain at least 20-30 lbs to be healthy. Please don't lose any weight, you risk losing brain and organ function.
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#520 Debbie maina 2017-10-07 11:11
Hy am Debbie am 14 am 165 inches tall n my waist is 23 inches is there anything wrong with me ??
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#517 Cree Ransome 2017-09-11 05:40
I put in my height , and waist size, and it shows that I would be Obese , but, I don't look anything like the picture shown. I have a Size 37 waist , and am 5'1 , but I actually look more like the a 33-32 waist .
#516 Jordin 2017-08-30 18:37
I'm 14 and I'm 5'11 and have a size 28 jean size waist should I lose weight or am I good because I feel really fat
#515 Victoria 2017-08-05 01:24
Hi, I am 5'5 and my waist is 25 inches and sometimes 24 inches, I eat quite a lot, maybe 1000 calories or more a day and I am around 117 pounds, though I still feel like my waist is wide for my hieght, am I average or at risk
#514 Maya 2017-08-03 02:25
I'm 13 5"5 weight 113 and my waist is a 32 it says it's ok but it does look ok what do u think
#513 Maya 2017-08-03 02:17

I'm 13 years old and 5"4 I weight 113 lbs and my waist is 32.5 how can I lose this weight to make my waist smaller and not so big?
#512 Zee 2017-07-27 19:17
I am 14 years old and I'm about 5'2 with a 25" waist. It says okay but I feel like I'm at risk of being fatter than I already am. I only eat 500 or less a day and I workout 3 or 4 times a week yet I'm 4 inches away from being 'in risk'
#511 Anonymous 2017-07-25 18:38
I'm 13, 5'3(5 feet 3 inches)waist
Is 30 inches. Is that bad? I'm also
120 lbs, where is all that weight
Coming from?? I look just like my
Best friend, she's 5'2 and 100 lbs.
what is our difference that makes
me 20 lbs heavier?? Please
Respond, and also is 30' healthy
for a 13 year old??
#510 Arianna 2017-07-25 07:42
I am 16, I weigh 45kg, I'm 5'6 and I have a waist of 23. It tells me to take care but I'm not doing anything that's harming me. I'm not on a diet or doing any exercise to make myself smaller. If anything, I eat the most out of all my siblings and I snack a lot, but they are average weight. I was told that it's just that I have a fast metabolism and my doctor says that I'm fine every check up. Do I really have something to worry about?
#509 Anonymous 2017-07-17 05:06
Hi, I am 12 years, 92 pounds, 5'3 and I have a waist of 22. I dont know if this is healthy or to skinny but based on our world where girls are expected to be perfect im not good enough. I dont feel my body is slim and skinny enough because of my hips and I look at my friends and think what am I? Because of how small they are. I know Im not fat but I dont feel small enough. I had stopped eating for awhile and became vegitarian as an excuse not to eat as much but I knew this would do nothing but make my health worse. I dont know what to do and exercise just makes me thicker.
#508 Samantha 2017-07-16 19:46
I'm 28yrs, 5'7", 121lbs, with a waist of 26...is this ok? I always feel chubby tho I know im trim.
#507 Anonymous 2017-07-13 00:58
Hi! I'm 5ft 1 (155.5 cm) and 108 lbs. I am a HUGE athlete exercising between 2:00-6:00hrs a day. I'm 12. I have a waist measurement of 26.5cm. I really do think I am gaining weight but I don't know if it's normal. One of my biggest fears is losing weight. Am I healthy?
#506 Archana Singh 2017-07-11 13:57
Hiii, what is correct measurement for height 5"1' having shoulder 15... I m 24 now

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