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.

Instructions:
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.

Ratio
0.47
OK
Waist
inches
80
Height
ft' in''
170

Background:

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.

References:

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.

 

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#156 Mollie 2014-04-15 10:37
I'm a girl, 5 foot tall with a 31 inch waist. It says 'consider action' which is starting to worry me because I keep putting on weight and getting fatter, what should I do?!?
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#153 Emilio 2014-03-28 02:27
Hi! I'm 14, a guy, 6'2" and have a 26" waist. It says take care... Unhealthy?
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#152 rachel 2014-03-27 02:47
I'm 5'4 with a 23 inch waist- it put me in the "take care" category, is that unhealthy? I am around 112-120 lbs. I'm always told i'm really thin, But i also have a very large bust. Could fat just displace itself in other areas?
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#151 worried... 2014-03-21 01:50
I'm a 14 year old girl and am around 5'4 my waist is 27 inches and I weigh around 118. I play soccer, volleyball, and basketball but notice what I call "pudge" on my stomach is this bad?
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#150 Kim 2014-03-16 23:39
thanks
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#149 Genevieve 2014-03-11 08:39
Quoting Kitten:
This is stupid, I'm 5'1" and this thing is telling me I am unhealthy because I have a 24 inch waist. I have perfect blood pressure(109/58)and THIS piece of crap is telling me I'm UNHEALTHY??? What nonsense.


I'm 5'4 (well, 5'3.8), 99 pounds and a 24 inch waist. If you're unhealthy, what about me? Lol. Maybe this is only reliable for some...?
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#148 rosalyn 2014-03-09 09:47
Quoting olivia:
im 13 years old, 5'4 and very active. im a dancer/volleyball player so i have a lot of muscle so i weigh a whooping 125 ;O the waist to height calculator said my ratio is .40... is that bad? and my body fat percentage is 18.2... is this bad? i do have abs and all but idk if all the numbers are good... and im sooo heavy! help?

Quoting olivia:
im 13 years old, i5'4 and very active. im a dancer/volleyball player so i have a lot of muscle so i weigh a whooping 125 ;O the waist to height calculator said my ratio is .40... is that bad? and my body fat percentage is 18.2... is this bad? i do have abs and all but idk if all the numbers are good... and im sooo heavy! help?

I wouldn't worry Olivia im 13, 5'0 so shorter than you and weigh 128
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#147 Fitness Guy 2014-03-07 06:42
This comment is for Olivia. Don't worry about your weight at all. Because you are involved in sports and active, you have a lot of muscle which weighs more than fat but is also lean and looks better too. If your ratio is .40 than you are in great shape! Don't worry about your weight at all, just stay active and healthy.
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#146 olivia 2014-03-04 23:59
im 13 years old, 5'4 and very active. im a dancer/volleyba ll player so i have a lot of muscle so i weigh a whooping 125 ;O the waist to height calculator said my ratio is .40... is that bad? and my body fat percentage is 18.2... is this bad? i do have abs and all but idk if all the numbers are good... and im sooo heavy! help?
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#145 Lia 2014-02-25 20:07
I am 14 years old, approximately 5 foot high and my waist is 32 inches. I weigh 8st 4lbs. What methods should I use to take my weight down?
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#144 Linnea 2014-02-24 15:09
Quoting Rii:
I am 15 years old and 134 lbs. I would consider my weight healthy but my waist is very large. I workout 3-4 times a week and play club volleyball very competitively. My waist is 30 in around and no matter how many workouts I do my waist never moves an inch! Is this genetics or will my waist eventually move in? If it isn't genetics then what can I do to decrease my waist size? My stomach is pretty much flat and my hips are very small. Should I wear a corset? Or is that unhealthy? Please help!


You sound like a healthy young girl to me. Stay away from a corset... it's not good for your organs and I'm sure you don't need one. I don't think you need to change anything.
-Linnea
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#143 DownToEarth 2014-02-20 22:20
Look, everyone, this tool only presents guidelines. Your doctor and, to a certain extent, you are the best judge of your health. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes. There are more ways to determine general health than inches and pounds. Some people are built slim others are denser. I'm not saying this as an excuse or a cop-out, but if you take every tool for determining obesity (including this one) as the gospel, then you will always find something that you disagree with. Use it in the spirit in which it is intended and move on.
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#142 Rii 2014-02-17 22:37
I am 15 years old and 134 lbs. I would consider my weight healthy but my waist is very large. I workout 3-4 times a week and play club volleyball very competitively. My waist is 30 in around and no matter how many workouts I do my waist never moves an inch! Is this genetics or will my waist eventually move in? If it isn't genetics then what can I do to decrease my waist size? My stomach is pretty much flat and my hips are very small. Should I wear a corset? Or is that unhealthy? Please help!
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#141 MummyG 2014-02-16 21:46
I'm really concerned about the number of young (pre-teen and early teen) girls commenting on here that they're worried about being too fat. You are still growing and your body shape will be changing. Please do not think about whether you are too fat or thin, instead make sensible choices such as eating regular healthy meals, just don't go for too much fat & sugar and try not to eat massive portions. Also keep fit, even if this just means walking a bit more each day, dancing around your bedroom or doing a sport. There's nothing wrong with the odd treat too. Just don't let food rule your life, trying to avoid it or eating too much. Be healthy, be happy :)
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#140 Emma 2014-02-14 03:36
I am 5ft 1" and have a 27-28" waist. Am I fat
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#139 A 2014-02-09 04:04
I'm not anoreixic,my percentage is in the normal rangre my stomach and waist is small is that normal
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#138 A 2014-02-09 04:00
I'm 15 5'2", 111 lbs my waist is 16 and my BMI is 20.1
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#137 juan 2014-02-02 21:28
Take care means that you are too thin.
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#136 Kelly 2014-01-31 03:31
Take care means you're too thin. Ok means you're ok. Consider Action means you are getting over weight. Take Action means you're obese.
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#135 Peacekeeper 2014-01-28 22:46
Honestly everyone needs to chill out. If you take tube to tinker with the numbers, you might notice that unless you're obesely overweight, or says "take care." If you ARE over weight it says"take action."
If you enter your numbers and it says take care, that's all it means. It means you are healthy and should stay where you are! Not that you need to lose more weight!
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#134 John 2014-01-27 18:53
Quoting Kitten:
This is stupid, I'm 5'1" and this thing is telling me I am unhealthy because I have a 24 inch waist. I have perfect blood pressure(109/58)and THIS piece of crap is telling me I'm UNHEALTHY??? What nonsense.

Blood pressure is only a piece of your health. You're a little under, so if your doctor gives you a good bill of health then you should be fine. However, it's a little bit on the too skinny, need some more fat on your body side of the scale and just giving you a warning. Also, with a diastolic of 58, that puts you into the low blood pressure warning zone (60 and below).
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#133 Amy 2014-01-22 18:52
11 year old cousin with 25inch waist.
Is that healthy?
She is 5 foot 2
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#132 Kitten 2014-01-20 06:56
This is stupid, I'm 5'1" and this thing is telling me I am unhealthy because I have a 24 inch waist. I have perfect blood pressure(109/58 )and THIS piece of crap is telling me I'm UNHEALTHY??? What nonsense.
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#131 Jen 2014-01-11 01:30
[Please help me!! Amy yalland.

Amy
There are lots of good resources on the internet.
Try myfitnesspal.co m It's free. You can work out how many calories you are eating a day and what you need to eat to be able to lose weight. Make sure you plan a range of healthy foods. You can work out how many calories you need a day by using the calorie calculator on freedieting.com
The only way you can lose weight is to eat less calories than you use each day.
Don't miss meals, this just sends your body into starvation mode and it wants to store fat.
I have been using these tools and I have already lost 3 kg. Hope this helps.
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#130 Cookie 2014-01-09 21:34
I am a 5'8' female, and my waist is 26 inches, My weigt-to-height ratio is .38 and the calculator says to "take care". I weight 140lbs which is the ideal weight for my height. So what does take care mean?
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#129 soxiety 2014-01-07 19:20
[quodon't starve yourself. I've been there and anorexia is a horrible thing to have. The best thing to do is eat normally but gradually cut out bad foods such as crisps and chocolates. You don't have to swap them for fruit but maybe healthier alternatives like cereal bars, carrot sticks and dips etc do a little more exercise than usual but do something you enjoy and youll start looking weight. If not try something like slim fast which is what I do you have two shakes and a meal. For the first week you have cravings but after a while you get used to it and the hunger goes away too :)
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#128 cereal 2014-01-03 05:00
Quoting E:
I am 12, 13 in 4 months. I'm about 5"6 and I weigh 103 pounds, my waist is 77 inches... Am I too fat? Plz answer... :"(


are you sure you measured yourself correctly? you may have measured yourself in centimeters not inches hun.
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#127 amy yalland 2013-12-28 11:38
Hi i am 14 5 foot two and i way 9 and half stone. Am i over weight! I don't actully look it but i am. And i have tried exercise, starving myself. And nothing works! If i dont eat during the day at school i always reach for the chocolate and bread at home andy parents tell me off as they think i eat at school! I want to lose two stone but i never am able to. I quit swim club a year ago and that was when the weight came piling back on. Please help me find something i can stick to that will help me lose that weight! And i am trying swimming, gym and running in the new year to help me lose the weight and want to try and stick to a healthier diet in the new year. But wether i will stick to it i do not know. Can you please help me? I have really low self esteem due to this. Espically as all my friends and family make the odd comment to this. Expicially my parents. Please help me!! Amy yalland.
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#126 Upset 2013-12-26 14:53
Hi I am14, 5 foot 3, I weigh 140lbs and have a waist of 32 inches. Am I fat/overweight? I do have a big stomach and have to wear size 12 jeans.
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#125 E 2013-12-26 03:12
I am 12, 13 in 4 months. I'm about 5"6 and I weigh 103 pounds, my waist is 77 inches... Am I too fat? Plz answer... :"(
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#124 James 2 2013-12-22 01:53
Quoting James:
I'm 11 and I am 5,5 inch
And I am a 67 waste


Sorry I mean 37 waste I'm the same person as it wouldn't let me repost this
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#123 James 2013-12-22 01:50
I'm 11 and I am 5,5 inch
And I am a 67 waste
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#122 rosemary28uk 2013-12-21 22:34
Quoting Rosemary28uk:
Hi. I am a 28 year old female. Have had 2 children (7 and 3 yr old). I am 5ft 1". My waist measurement is 37inches And I weigh around 9stone 8lb. Am I too fat? Overweight?.



Hi, u stil havnt replied to me. Please can u tell me if i am rooo overweight or ok.thanks
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#121 Rosemary28uk 2013-12-15 02:30
Hi. I am a 28 year old female. Have had 2 children (7 and 3 yr old). I am 5ft 1". My waist measurement is 37inches And I weigh around 9stone 8lb. Am I too fat? Overweight?.
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#120 Lindsey 2013-12-13 20:19
I'm 15, 123lbs, 25in waist 36in hips is that bad?
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#119 Lauren 2013-12-08 02:25
5'6" waist 27in hips 33in
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#118 shina 2013-11-16 07:00
im 5'6 and my waist is 30 and im 17 years old..is it okay?
and i weigh 143 pounds! though the metre says 'ok' but still..
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#117 Natasha 2013-11-15 16:08
Im 5 feet 6 and was abt 38 inchs my god im so fat....just done sum exercise for over a month and lost an inch

so im 37 inch now....still fat
im 24 years old

age 17 i was abt 31-32
i looked slim and healthy not too fat and not too skinny...just right and well bulit..now im a fatty

very bad
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#116 Aadesh sharma 2013-11-09 14:03
Hi, I am 25 year old, my height is 5 foot 8 inches, and waist is 29 and my dick is 6 inches. Is this normal.
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#115 jftghj 2013-11-09 00:06
Quoting H:
I'm a 14yr old female.. 38kg and have a waist size of 20in. Am I too thin?
yes
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#114 SSS 2013-11-02 23:12
Quoting Jeremy:
Hi-

I'm 27 years old, my height is 5'9, my waist is 33 inches and my dick is 7 inches long.

Is this normal?

Your body size is normal. The average penis is between 5 and 6 in, so you're above average there... it's a little awkward knowing that statistic, but there you go
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#113 sylver 2013-11-02 23:05
This calculator doesn't even go down to my height - dumb
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#112 Destiny 2013-11-01 02:01
i'm a 14 year old girl , 5'2 and my waist is 33 inches , is that bad ?
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#111 H 2013-10-29 13:21
I'm a 14yr old female.. 38kg and have a waist size of 20in. Am I too thin?
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#110 Ebony 2013-10-26 23:09
Im 18 years old and my waist is currently 22inches.... is that bad?
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#109 JJ 2013-10-21 23:04
I'm a 18 year old female, I'm 5"6 and I measure 35-22-35. I love my body but it is so hard to find dresses and especially bra's that fit me. Should I change my body so I could fit in the clothes in the stores?
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#108 Sergio 2013-10-20 14:00
Quoting Anna:
I am four feet nine. I am thirteen. My waist is 28 inches. Is that too much for a girl my age?


there is nothing wrong with that if anything I should be more concerned about myself I am a 12 year old who 186 pounds and is 5 feet 11 inches I know I am a freak....
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#107 hel 2013-10-17 15:24
I am 13 my height is 5''4 and my waist is 27 is this fine?
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#106 Jason 2013-10-16 20:33
Quoting Pierre Ramos:
I am 5'10'' 14 years old and 27 inches in waist. So is that ok?


yeah, because you're young; by the time you're 25, you'll like be a lot bigger (170-180ish). metabolism slows as you age, so enjoy it at 14
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#105 Clara 2013-10-15 22:20
yeah this doesn't take into account other parts of body size at all. I'm 5'5" and I weigh 135 pounds (fairly normal, I think?) but I have a very small ribcage (24 inch waist, 28 inch underbust (ie band measurement for bras). My hip measurement is 36-38 inches around, and each of my thighs is 22-23 inches, which is fairly large for the rest of my body. I'm well within the range of healthy, but would need to add another 3 inches to my waist circumference to be within the "ok" range. So yeah, I'd say this is pretty silly and inaccurate
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#104 Pierre Ramos 2013-10-13 15:06
I am 5'10'' 14 years old and 27 inches in waist. So is that ok?
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#103 Rose 2013-10-12 10:19
Just because I'm a 20 year old female 5"4 and have a 21in waist doesn't make me unhealthy in anyway. This is not accurate. I don't look like a skeleton with no boobs or butt.
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#102 thinapparently 2013-10-06 20:53
I'm a 26 inch waist and 5 foot 6, which puts me in the 'take care' category, but I feel more like the Lower end of the consider activities category (yes, I played around with the dials for about 15 minutes :) ) because I'm pretty curvey, it just ends up places not on my waist :/
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#101 Lucia 2013-10-04 04:15
Im a 16 year old with measurments (in cm) 155 (height), 83 ( bust), 67 (waist). Is 67 cm for waist ok?
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#100 Addison McClung 2013-10-02 17:39
I got a 0.48 ratio, I'm all good
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#99 Gaby Payne 2013-10-02 00:17
I'm 13
I'm pro ana
My bmi is 17.2
My waist is 20"
My height is 5'4
I'm 109lbs

Is that too much?
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#98 Anna 2013-10-01 20:27
I am four feet nine. I am thirteen. My waist is 28 inches. Is that too much for a girl my age?
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#97 abiigail 2013-09-29 17:50
i'm under 18 and my waist is 31" and my height is 5.4 feet..is that normal,good or bad?
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#96 Sunshine99 2013-09-25 13:31
Quoting grace:
im under 18 my waist is 23 and im 5 foot 8/9 is that normal


Grace~

For your current waist size and hight I would recomend trying to make some muscle bulk improvements. But if that's something you are not into, don't worry about a thing. If you are under 18 you still have a growing period where your body may expand ever so slightly, Either way, if you love you that is all that matters. Not a "normal standard" that is set in your mind or in your school. You may not want to get to worried about those things just yet. Enjoy being young and all that stuff for now :)
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#95 Sunshine99 2013-09-25 13:24
Quoting Bayley:
Im 5 foot 5 and my measurements are 33-27-36. is this normal measurements for my height ?


Normalicy is over-rated. It sounds as if you have a good watch on your physical shape. I'd continue whatever it is you are doing. As long as you are not going over the high end of your recommended weight and you continue to have your hour-glass figure I wouldn't worry about a thing.
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#94 Sunshine99 2013-09-25 13:21
Quoting jennyy12344:
My height is 5 ft 5 and my waist is 31 inches is this fat?


You are not fat. If anything your curent diet may have you holding some extra water weight which is confused for fat. Try to monitor your intake of salty foods and if any of it tends to be "fat" I would just monitor your surgars and watch that you dont consume too much white bread, regular pastas, white potatoes etc.

Your measurements sound quite healthy to me personally. Also you might want to remember that muscle adds bulk. I am currently 29" in my natural waist and 5'4" and I know I have water weight bulk at the moment. Normally I measure about 26"-27". I hope this helps. :)
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#93 Bayley 2013-09-21 19:32
Im 5 foot 5 and my measurements are 33-27-36. is this normal measurements for my height ?
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#92 Susan T. 2013-09-15 05:08
How is this really a valid measure for both men and women? Don't women tend to have naturally smaller waists anyway? Also, I think there is some genetic difference in waist size which would result in someone being smaller/larger.
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#91 jennyy12344 2013-09-04 16:43
My height is 5 ft 5 and my waist is 31 inches is this fat?
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#90 kyle 2013-09-02 10:40
my height is 164 cm and my waist is 71 cm. what is your comment for this?
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#89 Jeremy 2013-08-31 14:43
Hi-

I'm 27 years old, my height is 5'9, my waist is 33 inches and my dick is 7 inches long.

Is this normal?
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#88 grace 2013-08-29 18:01
im under 18 my waist is 23 and im 5 foot 8/9 is that normal
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#87 James 2013-08-19 00:36
Hey, I'm a 16 year old male! I have a 28/30 inch waist. I weight 10stone/63kg and I'm 6ft. Is this average?
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#86 cookiemonster 2013-08-17 13:55
im 14 years old and i have a 25.5 or so inch waist tho it changes quite frequently it can be 26 inches oneday and 25 the next (is that strange?) i weigh about 60 kgs and am 5 foot 6, my bmi is 21.3, my hips are 32-33 inches
all this information seems to clash because this website says im too skinny where as my weight would show the opposite,
and i definatly want to loose weight as my stomachs not flat so i dont really know what to think?
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#85 aimen 2013-08-15 12:10
Quoting Kathryn:
Quoting aimen:
hi! so i am 15 years old, my height is 5'2 and i have a 24-25 cm waist. It says take care. What do you say?... and yes i want to grow taller and i don't know how. ;( help!!! please reply..


aimen - the calculator is saying that you are perhaps too thin. To be healthy, one's waist to height ratio should be around 0.47 to 0.50. A lower raito suggests that a person is underweight, while a higher ratio suggests overweight. So, don't worry - you are fine perhaps even too thin.



Oh thank you so so so so much for your reply. :)
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#84 Kathryn 2013-08-15 00:00
Quoting aimen:
hi! so i am 15 years old, my height is 5'2 and i have a 24-25 cm waist. It says take care. What do you say?... and yes i want to grow taller and i don't know how. ;( help!!! please reply..


aimen - the calculator is saying that you are perhaps too thin. To be healthy, one's waist to height ratio should be around 0.47 to 0.50. A lower raito suggests that a person is underweight, while a higher ratio suggests overweight. So, don't worry - you are fine perhaps even too thin.
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#83 aimen 2013-08-14 13:44
hi! so i am 15 years old, my height is 5'2 and i have a 24-25 cm waist. It says take care. What do you say?... and yes i want to grow taller and i don't know how. ;( help!!! please reply..
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#82 Sue E 2013-08-13 08:53
Quoting Evie:
Haha, even with 45" hips and a bmi of 33, this says I'm healthy. Well, since I can't lose weight no matter how little I eat anyway, I think I like this calculator.


Evie you should try the 5:2 diet. I was like you and could not lose weight but the 5:2 is easy to do and I have lost 1 and a half stone. I am now 8 stone 6lbs. Can't be bad.
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#81 Najah 2013-07-27 00:01
Quoting Flabette:
I'm female 5'6" 120 pounds and it says .39 "take care." Does that mean they think I don't need to reduce? That is wrong. My stomach is very flabby. I want 6-pack abs. Need to eat less and spend more time at the gym.

Instead of eat less, you need to eat differently. To gain muscle you have to eat a lot actually, of protein and healthy carbs. If you don't eat enough you will not get a six pack because your body will think you're starving while you exercise and it will start to store your fat.
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#80 Najah 2013-07-26 23:56
Quoting Silent:
I'm 5'5 and have a 23 inch waist. It says take care, but I think I look chubby.

I have the same issue. I think it has to do with body shape as well. Personally I have a short upper body and long legs, so even though it says I'm too skinny, I feel chubby because all my fat sits around the middle. For us, I think it would be best to go by BMI rather than waist-height ratio.
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#79 Evie 2013-07-22 21:55
Haha, even with 45" hips and a bmi of 33, this says I'm healthy. Well, since I can't lose weight no matter how little I eat anyway, I think I like this calculator.
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#78 John 2013-07-02 05:01
Waist to height ratio is less accurate than BMI for me. I'm a 17¾ year old male with a BMI of 24.4 (77th percentile — healthy), waist to height ratio of 0.52 (consider action), and body fat percentage of 6.7% (on the verge of underweight) — measured using skinfolds.

For people wanting more simple, less advanced indicators, however, the most accurate of the simple methods of screening for health problems would be ratios comparing horizontal circumference measurements (waist to hip, waist to chest, etc).
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#77 Nate 2013-06-17 20:00
I unfortunately carry all my weight in my belly...my waist measures 54" and I am 5'10". This calculator doesn't bode well for me.
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#76 Chris 2013-06-17 18:29
BTW as a guideline of what I am saying about exercise as the key....

As a swimmer I consumed 7500-10000 calories a day.....no lie....what I ate was disgusting to look at now BUT 2 swim workout a day 5 days + extended workout on saturday + weight workouts MWFS and running on WTSu....it was a matter of burning what you eat....
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#75 Chris 2013-06-17 18:24
Quoting TheUltimateHammy:
Typing error, i ment to say a waist size of 32. Opps. And at the end i ment to say please answer me back i want proffessional answers on me please.

Not a pro but former athlete, enthusiastic about nutrition and raising almost teen boys. Without knowing your Height the weight and waist measurements are somewhat useless (though in general neither of those would make me thing you were "fat"). I would not cut calories that hard at your age in general. You are still likely developing (bones, muscles and brain) and would not want any chance of restricting the development. six packs are achieved through hard work (I used to do around 500 situps (standard and pike), leg lifts and crunches a day as a swimmer. They are muscles and to look good takes work...period. As far as the dropping fat I would look more at HOW you consume your calories. Less sugar (no sodas and mostly water to drink), more fruit and veg, lean meats and fish...l
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#74 Chris 2013-06-17 18:14
Quoting Samara:
this is not as accurate as BMI...this has me at .40, and if I loose one inch...it puts me in the "Take Care" category...HOWEVER, I am actually high on the BMI scale for normal. At 5'4" and 140 lbs, I am NOT at an ideal place for my body. I have very wide hips and large breasts, but a ridiculously tiny waist....I could stand to loose 14% of my body weight and am over 30% body fat.

No scale is perfect but actually this scale historically is much better at predicting health (or at least by what I have read). The BMI was not designed to diagnose an individual. By BMI athletic people with muscular builds are often in the obese category. It was designed as a tool (in the 19th century BTW) to study populations. It fails miserably because it uses weight but fails to account for frame or musculature (muscle being heavier by volume than fat).
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#73 Chris 2013-06-17 18:09
Quoting Steph:
I'm glad I found this. I'm 5'9" and somewhere around 180 pounds, but my waist is a 31 so i'm in the green. :) Even when I was super skinny, (12% fat, 22 in waist, could count all my ribs from the front) I was 155 pounds and in the heavier end of the bmi scale. Nobody ever believes my weight, I've gotten the most confused looks from nurses and other people who weighed me.

Right there with you....BMI has my Doc wanting me lose 35 pounds (I lost faith in him instead). I have a 34 inch waist at 5'11" and 45 years old....not bad though should get it to 32...
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#72 Steph 2013-06-15 07:33
I'm glad I found this. I'm 5'9" and somewhere around 180 pounds, but my waist is a 31 so i'm in the green. :) Even when I was super skinny, (12% fat, 22 in waist, could count all my ribs from the front) I was 155 pounds and in the heavier end of the bmi scale. Nobody ever believes my weight, I've gotten the most confused looks from nurses and other people who weighed me.
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#71 Lawmonkey 2013-06-12 00:01
Totally prefer this to bmi lol! I am obese I had a bmi of 37and am working hard to shift the weight, am now at 35. However at 5'3 with a waist of 23" I've to take care:-) wish this was what the hospital used!
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#70 Samara 2013-05-21 13:16
this is not as accurate as BMI...this has me at .40, and if I loose one inch...it puts me in the "Take Care" category...HOWE VER, I am actually high on the BMI scale for normal. At 5'4" and 140 lbs, I am NOT at an ideal place for my body. I have very wide hips and large breasts, but a ridiculously tiny waist....I could stand to loose 14% of my body weight and am over 30% body fat.
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#69 TheUltimateHammy 2013-05-18 16:36
Typing error, i ment to say a waist size of 32. Opps. And at the end i ment to say please answer me back i want proffessional answers on me please.
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#68 TheUltimateHammy 2013-05-18 16:35
I am a 16 year old teen male, and i have a waist size of 16, and i weigh 125 pounds, and my BMI is at a 40th percentile. I want to lose weight and get a six pack or at least a trim figure. I have extra fat around my stomach area, but to the outside world, it looks like i don't, but i know i have it. I am planning on cutting my caloric intake from 2000+ down to 1500-1200. I am planning on putting myself through an intense swiming workout(i was in swimteam this year but saw no improvment) and a hardcore abs workout. I'll try not to starve myself, howver, but it may comedown to that, becuase i have this girl that i really want to impress once i get the chance to ask her out, after she ends hopefully ends her current relationship.(i have not interrupted this yet, i'm friends with both of them, ask me some other time, this is a long, long story.) So i'm coming to the decison of rapidly cutting my caloric intake to next to nother if dieting dosen't work because i want to be skinny. PleaseAns
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#67 Maddie 2013-05-17 08:16
From the comments a lot of people are confused or at least worried. This is supposed to be an easy measurement. If you have a24inch waist you don't have to worry.
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#66 Eric 2013-05-16 15:51
Please remember this is a tool to use as a guideline. If you are really worried about your body fat, see a Dr. They will measure some points on your body and use those numbers in conjunction with your height and weight to give you an actual body fat percentage to work from.

Wrestlers do this every season to get an idea of what is their optimal weight, and it is really the only (or, at least, best) way to see what your body composition is and what to do about it, if anything.
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#65 Eric 2013-05-16 15:42
Quoting Syrena:
What is a healthy weight for a 5'5 sixteen year old girl? I weigh 98lbs and have a 22 inch waist, and it says to "take care".

At 5'5, under 100 pounds is crazy. Please, for your health's sake don't focus on your weight unless you balloon up to over 150ish, and even then edit till you're at least 21 to really worry about it. Before then your body will continually change and weight is not always an indication of health. If you're truly worried about it, see a Dr, but plz do NOT take the advice of a website that's set up for the general population, and mostly for adults at that.
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#64 rick 2013-05-11 18:59
I'm a 71 year old male 170 lbs
32 waist very muscular
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#63 rick 2013-05-11 18:54
I'm 71 years old 5ft 2 170 lbs 32 inch waist
I go to the gym 4 days a week lift weights
A lot I'm very muscular hallways getting
Complements but side ways in some clothing
Look thick would to be 155 lbs
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#62 Syrena 2013-05-08 15:51
What is a healthy weight for a 5'5 sixteen year old girl? I weigh 98lbs and have a 22 inch waist, and it says to "take care".
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#61 MANISH 2013-05-07 15:27
MY HIGHT IS 6.01 INCH SO HOW MUCH WEAST I HAVE TO MAINTAIN
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#60 Philippa 2013-05-02 12:41
Hey
Im 15 years old and weigh around 49gks
Im about 170cm tall with a waist of 25 inches
Is this good?
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#59 Silent 2013-04-24 18:26
I'm 5'5 and have a 23 inch waist. It says take care, but I think I look chubby.
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#58 Arul 2013-04-21 05:25
According to this WHtR calculator you can only enter your waist and height in whole numbers. Also the ideal female WHtR is 38.2% and the ideal male WHtR is 44.7% (according to Adonis Index and Venus Index). So this calculator should be modified to allow waist and height in mixed fractions (e.g. waist=30.4, height=5'6.7") to get more accurate results. Also the normal range should be from 35
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#57 Hannah 2013-04-18 21:53
Quoting J:
Is 24 inches a good size for a female about 5 feet tall?


Yup :) 0.40- Ok :D Yay you ^^ Mine says take care... (0.37/0.38) but I can't seem to gain weight so that sucks :( I don't LOOK too thin.. 5"8 with a 25-26 inch waist..
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#56 is this ok 2013-04-18 10:06
5foot1 24 inches want a 6 pack but cant get. any 1 how far off i am
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#55 S 2013-04-12 05:01
you girls! take care obviously shows a malnourished figure so that means "too thin" DUHHH
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#54 S 2013-04-12 05:00
Quoting Happy:
5'9 height 24 inch waist 0.35 :) Ok


actually that is in "take care" and not okay. I'm 5' 7" and have a 27 inch waist and 120, and I'm pretty thin. So judging from your statement you probably need some help girl! for real.
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#53 J 2013-04-10 00:34
Is 24 inches a good size for a female about 5 feet tall?
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#52 ?? 2013-04-06 17:42
0.38 Is it underweight ??

( I am 13 and my pants size is 10-11 age )
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#51 Tarr 2013-04-05 03:46
Measuring waist circumference is arbitrary sometimes. What is the best time to measure it? I have been comparing the reading and found it different between the early morning and evening by 1-2 inches. In the evening, my body is better hydrated, and the effect of the clothes (especially the belt) appears clearly in shaping my waist, giving a bigger reading. I don't know if studies have clarified more about the ideal timing of measurement/
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#50 lauren 2013-03-20 18:35
Quoting La La La:
Quoting yuri:
so im 5ft 5.5 and I have a 28 in waist, im half Korean I have no idea if that is to big :(


If you have round belly you must lose weight.



Are you a doctor? probably not. Don't tell somebody who you don't know to lose weight.
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#49 Happy 2013-03-17 12:23
5'9 height 24 inch waist 0.35 :) Ok
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#48 Flabette 2013-03-16 20:03
I'm female 5'6" 120 pounds and it says .39 "take care." Does that mean they think I don't need to reduce? That is wrong. My stomach is very flabby. I want 6-pack abs. Need to eat less and spend more time at the gym.
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#47 La La La 2013-03-16 12:51
Quoting yuri:
so im 5ft 5.5 and I have a 28 in waist, im half Korean I have no idea if that is to big :(


If you have round belly you must lose weight.
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#46 yuri 2013-03-15 20:47
so im 5ft 5.5 and I have a 28 in waist, im half Korean I have no idea if that is to big :(
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#45 Kat DeLuna 2013-03-10 18:12
Quoting Jessica:
I am abnormally underweight and I love it ! 0.31 Ratio

6"1 height 23.8 inch waist.


Jessica your ratio shown you are EXTREMELY ANOREXIC. It has very high risk. Go to hospital and gain some weight. When your ratio is over 35 It's acceptable.
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#44 Kitty 2013-03-07 15:37
Over 0.42 is obese my ratio is 0.37 and I think I am overweight.
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#43 Shelbey 2013-03-05 21:54
My waist to height ratio is currently 0.38- 0.39 and I feel a little chubby. Hope to get down to 0.33-0.34
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#42 Shelbey 2013-03-05 21:52
Marilyn Monroe's waist to height was 0.33-35. Average Playboy's waist to height ratio is 0.36, Average Victoria Secret's waist to height ratio is 0.33. Cathie Jung has the smallest waist currently (although one women had a smaller waist than hers) Cathie Jung's waist to height ratio is 0.23
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#41 Petal 2013-03-01 18:54
I'm 17, 5ft 8.5 inches tall, I weigh 130lbs and I have a 24 inch waist and it says I need to take care? Personally I think that's a bit harsh... I'd apparently need to gain 4 inches to my waist in order just to be "okay"

I already eat like a horse and don't regularly do fitness classes or anything so i don't have a clue what I'm meant to do to be considered "healthy"....
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#40 Morvern 2013-03-01 18:41
Quoting L:
I don't believe this takes frame/bone structure into account. My waist is tiny bc I have a narrow rib-cage, but I have a healthy amount of meat on my hips/thighs. yet it says to "take care".

I feel the same as you... i also have narrow rib cage so many people think that a) i am lighter than i am and b) i need to put on weight but my BMI is healthy... To be honest so long as you feel healthy you shouldn't worry.
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#39 kim 2013-02-25 00:43
I do not understand why so many people are freaking out about their results. In no way is this calculation supposed to be the only measurement needed to calculate lifestyle risk. Try calculating your BMI, your weight, the amount of visceral cavity fat you have, your total fat percentage and you will be able to get a better idea.
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#38 Jessica 2013-02-22 21:06
I am abnormally underweight and I love it ! 0.31 Ratio

6"1 height 23.8 inch waist.
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#37 meow 2013-02-22 12:12
0.38 Pear
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#36 Hannah Marin 2013-02-22 03:01
I'm in the healthy zone, but I payed around with it a bit, making me grow taller and it says "Take care" LOLL
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#35 Deb 2013-02-20 18:13
It says "take care" because you are TOO SKINNY.

Quoting Cute Cat:
I am 5'3 ft and 140 lbs. My waist is 24 inches and my hip is 40 inches. So I am pear shaped obese. But it says take care why ?
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#34 kelsey 2013-02-19 06:47
this is stupid
i'm 16, exercise and play sports (i also run track) i eat healthy and all my blood tests came out PERFECT, and my ratio is 0.32. I have a naturally waspish waist due to genetics and im healthy and have an hourglass shape, so whatever
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#33 Shelbey 2013-02-07 22:42
Cute Cat, a 24 inch waist is skinny. just because you have large hips doesn't mean you are obese. You are slim with curves. Many guys like that. Now, get over yourself
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#32 Cute Cat 2013-02-02 17:35
I am 5'3 ft and 140 lbs. My waist is 24 inches and my hip is 40 inches. So I am pear shaped obese. But it says take care why ?
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#31 Kate 2013-01-09 11:04
Quoting Mamacakes:
Does this take into account women that have had babies? I am 5'5"1/2 and have a 33 inch waist at 125lbs which is a good weight.


It doesnt matter if you have had a child or not, also weight doesnt matter. Try to cut out sugar and processed foods, stick to a low calorie but high natural fat diet.
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#30 monika 2012-12-07 16:27
I am 22 yrs old my height is 158cm my weight is 60kg my waist is 34 i have noticed that as i'm gettng older,my weight is increasing,i always eat healthy food,n avoid junk fodd n exercise everyday,i want to put reduce my weight desperately,bcz of which sometime i go in depression plz suggest me something
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#29 Soph 2012-10-20 04:48
It does make sense that if you are 6 ft tall and of average weight for that height that you would not have the same waist circumference as someone who is 5 ft tall and of average weight for their height.
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#28 Mamacakes 2012-09-21 01:36
So the ratio is 0.50 consider action...!! When I was younger at 125lbs before babies I had a 26 inch waist...go figure lol
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#27 Mamacakes 2012-09-21 01:34
Does this take into account women that have had babies? I am 5'5"1/2 and have a 33 inch waist at 125lbs which is a good weight.
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#26 Khurram 2012-08-24 23:42
I am 6 ft tall, and have a waist arnd 34 inches,seems fine..
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#25 t white 2012-08-14 22:24
I need to grow 4 inches taller! Where is the ad for the body stretcher?
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#24 Stephanie J 2012-08-11 05:06
By the waist to height ratio I am considered a risk, yet my cholesterol is very low and my blood pressure low. Those say I am in excellent shape yet this ratio indicates I am in a problem mode. I recently had a tread mill test where the Dr said my chances of having a heart attack in the next 7 years was so small it could not be measured. In the end, all we have are a bunch of indicators and that is all they are is indicators but no absolute measurement tied to longevity is available.
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#23 longun 2012-08-08 22:57
Great user friendly visuals, well done! Does the research supporting waist/height ratio differentiate between men and women and ages? Don't women start off with narrower waists so do they need to be narrower than men to be healthy?
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#22 shell 2012-07-20 16:57
take care. haha. 5'4" and 23/24 inch waist
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#21 me 2012-07-19 06:16
I'm glad i found this...I'm 5'4" with a 26" waist, yet I had a waist goal of 25". However, according to this, any lower than 26" will be in the 'take care' range...so I'm at my ideal waist size for my height! Cool! Great to know that I don't have to feel pressured to lose another inch off my waist, all I need to do is maintain now. Thanks!
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#20 L 2012-06-29 20:05
I don't believe this takes frame/bone structure into account. My waist is tiny bc I have a narrow rib-cage, but I have a healthy amount of meat on my hips/thighs. yet it says to "take care".
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#19 Hammad Qamar 2012-06-03 23:31
Very excellent application...i t tells very true about myself...
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#18 Daria 2012-06-01 21:23
This measurement is not perfect either as it doesn't take into account frame size. I have a very small frame and am at a healthy weight for my height, yet this calculator tells me to "take care". I would have to gain almost 4 inches in my waist to be within the "OK" range. In other words, I would be overweight.
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#17 Delilah 2012-05-31 01:55
The waist to height ratio makes more sense to me. I have a long way to go but maybe I can still make it at my age. I am almost 60 and have a 44" waist. With yoga, I feel that I can accomplish it provided that I stay with a good healthy food and exercise program. Staying motivated has been the struggling point for me.
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#16 Shaj 2012-05-22 10:57
the ratio is 0.65, what does this mean? why cannt we have the inference of the ratio.
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#15 alizfdsafawerarar 2012-05-20 20:33
i am 29 waist, 5"6. darn, I'm fat!
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#14 hurrdurr 2012-05-15 17:09
do i suck in my gut or try to stick it out? huge difference... why is everyone complaining about the US measuring system? when relaxed my waist is at about 38 gerbil penises.
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#13 Bill 2012-05-03 12:31
Just been listening to an article on the radio and found your calculator.

I've always thought that BMI system is flawed and a length to length measurement such as waist to height ratio makes more sense.

Abandon BMI as it becomes less relevant the further you are from average height.

Dividing weight (linked to volume - a 3 dimensional measurement) by height squared (area - 2 dimensional measurement)is flawed.

Comparing two people of similar build 5ft and 6ft tall.

The difference in height squared being being 44% more for the 6 footer yet the difference in volume(weight) is 72.8% more for the 6 footer.

Result a taller person may be classed as overweight or obese compared with a shorter normal BMI individual with exactly the same build.
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#12 nadia 2012-03-24 00:02
joanne if u just change it from US to metric it wil change it for u, its in the middle there,
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#11 joanna 2012-03-20 22:28
I wish your calculator was not in lbs but kilos and not inches but centimeters so i can use it at this stage it means nothing to me.
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#10 CJ 2012-03-15 18:19
@WHR Actually research has shown that waist:height ratio is a better indicator than BMI, waist circumference and waist:hip ratio
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#9 WHR 2012-03-08 05:37
What's even better is the Waist to Hip Ratio
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#8 J 2012-01-25 16:46
A more accurate assessment might include bone structure (wrist measurement) or body shape options.
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#7 Juno 2012-01-06 19:02
Thanks for this calculator. This is a great tool, especially for those over 40. BMI is not very helpful, because it can remain the same even if one is losing lean body mass and getting fatter.
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#6 Edmond 2012-01-06 00:25
great app. is this really better then BMI? גדר חשמלית
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What does 0.36 Take Care mean??? o_O
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