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.



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#527 Edward Cordova 2017-12-09 12:45
As a professional bodybuilder I recommend people should learn how to do sit-ups they don't have to do sit ups for 60 minutes or an hour. I recommend in the morning or at night as to sit on the edge of your bed or a sofa and begin to lean half way back feeling your stomach getting hard by holding you so you don't fall back. This exercise is called Roman chairs. One set of as many repetitions as you can it's good enough...
#526 Anlisa 2017-12-03 02:56
I am 16 standing at 5'11" i was measured earlier and my waist size is 26 inches i was very surprised by that and confused how.
#525 sam 2017-12-01 04:01
i’m 12 years old, 5’ 6”, 102 lbs, and i have a waist length of 28. it gave me 33% and said that i am underweight. i personally think that i am way to fat and i am continually going to try and loose more weight. my friends always call me anorexic.. sometimes it’s really annoying. thoughts?
#524 Angie 2017-11-30 20:39
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.

I would strongly suggest you seek medical attention. I'm saying this with a lot of love and care...♥
#523 Eric 2017-11-29 14:47
I think some people are thinking that your Jean size is equivalent to your waist size. This isn't the case as most people under the age of 60 don't actually wear their jeans at the same place you're supposed to measure your waist. For instance my waist is 40 inches, yet I wear my jeans at my lower hips which measured 38 inches. On top of this most jean manufacturers list smaller sizes than they actually measure at. I wear a 34-36 inch jeans depending on the brand, yet my actual waist is 40 inches (your waist measurement is roughly belly button height).

So it's important to realize that this ratio is based on your actual waist size, definitely not your jean size or even your lower hip size (underwear line) where most people wear jeans.
#522 Gwyn 2017-11-28 21:29
If you aren't even in your 20s yet, and you're worried about your weight, ask a doctor, not the internet. I came on here to find out about sizing for jeans, and it's sad to see so many young kids on here worrying about their weight.

Body issues are best expressed to a doctor or therapist.
#521 Anonymous52 2017-10-22 22:03
I'm 18 5'8 with 39-40 inches waist, how do I decrease it
#520 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?
#519 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 ??

#518 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 ??
#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
#505 Sam 2017-07-09 10:59
I am 16 and i am 5.2 almost 5.3 i am 26 around my waist, i don't know if this a good or bad thing..
#504 Tazza 2017-07-02 18:18
Im 13 years old. I'm 5"7 with a 25 inch waist. I seems to store quite a bit of fat around my waist. It is very hard to loose . What can i do tonget rid of it?
#503 Nieve 2017-07-02 15:36
Quoting Eva:
Hi, I am 12 years old and 5 foot 3 1/2. My waist circumference is between 30 and 34", and the scale says I need to "Take Action." I exercise and eat healthy daily, yet this calculator says I'm chubby. This calculator is not accurate, considering everything about my health...

Eva, it says you gotta take action because it's an unhealthy waist to height ratio. Look, you may not be "overweight" but your body stores fat on a dangerous place. On your stomach there are a lot of important organs and having(too much) fat there is a health risk. If your waist is 30 inches, there is no risk. I recommend going to a doctor, he can tell you what you should do. And keep eating healthy and take care of your body, we take care of the things we love: don't starve yourself and don't overeat.

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