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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#789 cheryl 2021-03-04 20:06
hi i’m 14 and i have a 27 waist i feel really fat
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#788 sara 2021-03-03 04:27
Quoting Ghggjb:
I’m 5’10. Waist is 24 inches. Weight is 118 inches. Is this ok? It says “take care” but I’m not sure what that means


hi this means u r underweight
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#787 Natalie 2021-03-02 01:17
I feel like I'm gonna sound ridiculous. But I'm 5'1, 13 yrs, and 26 in. waist. That doesn't seem like a big waist size but seeing myself irl, it feels like It is.. Any advice or opinions? Brutal honesty is appreciated.
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#786 Ghggjb 2021-03-02 00:11
I’m a 15 year old girl. I’m 5’10. Waist is 24 inches. Weight is 118 inches. Is this ok? It says “take care” but I’m not sure what that means
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#785 Elektra 2021-02-28 16:56
Hello, I am 13 years old,I am 5,3 and my
Waist is 26inches.I weigh 7 stone 11,I’m very insecure about my weight and I had a letter from school saying I am overweight.can you let me know if I am sure overweight.
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#784 Ruth Fryman 2021-02-27 15:49
I've been doing Keto for 2 years and lost 21 lb. But it wont come off my waist. my waist is 33 and my height 5'2 which gives me a ratio of about 0.53. I'm a 58 yr old female and I reckon Eostrogen is playing a massive part in not allowing me to get rid of the belly fat.I do a16/8 IF. I was pre diabetic before Keto reversed it, but my hbA1C is 32 so its hovering. Theresa histroy of type 2 diabetes in my paternal family and my Dad died of its complications.T hough he didnt look after himself. What can I do more? I also seem to fluctuate in and out of Ketosis so something isnt right.I record and track all my macros. Any help much appreciated
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#783 Gab 2021-02-25 03:38
I’m a 20 year old female, 5’5 and have a 23 inch waist. I’m still at a healthy weight for my height (115-120lbs), am I healthy or should I try to gain weight?
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#782 hey lol 2021-02-24 22:45
Quoting Isobel:
Hi I’m 14, my waist is 32 inches and my height is 5.3 feet am I fat, do I need to lose some weight?

Hi Isobel! I would suggest trying to lose some weight. Try drinking Apple Cider Vinegar diluted with water. Many people get results from that. Just focus on your carbs and make sure to drink water and excercise.
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#781 Isobel 2021-02-23 13:42
Hi I’m 14, my waist is 32 inches and my height is 5.3 feet am I fat, do I need to lose some weight?
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#780 Justice 2021-02-22 01:36
Hi, I’m a 15 year old female and I’m 5’8. My waist size is 24”-25” and I weigh 115 pounds. Is my waist and weight good for my height and age or should I try losing/gaining weight? I have a fast metabolism so it may be hard to gain weight though. Please send me feedback!
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#779 Alex 2021-02-17 14:38
Quoting ...:
I’m 5’3 150lbs 11 and my waist is 28 inches. I don’t really work out anymore and I eat very unhealthy is this a bad thing?

Don’t worry too much about the numbers! Your body is not bad, and you’re still growing into it. However, eating unhealthy foods (fast food, high in sugar, etc) isn’t great for your body on multiple levels a lot of which don’t involve weight at all. Eating healthier foods will make you feel better in a lot of ways.
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#778 Ashy 2021-02-17 14:15
im 5'5 and my waist is 21 inches is that normal?
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#777 me 2021-02-16 00:15
i am 15, 5’5, my waist is 29. i am 140 ibs but i can only see myself as fat how do i get my stomach smaller
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#776 ... 2021-02-14 06:51
I’m 5’3 150lbs 11 and my waist is 28 inches. I don’t really work out anymore and I eat very unhealthy is this a bad thing?
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#775 Sophie 2021-02-13 21:43
Hi just wanna say to all these young girls out there asking if their weight/height is ok.. you’re all okay!! You’re more than okay! You’re going and growing and your body’s gonna change so much!! You aren’t fat and even if you were don’t rely on this website to tell you if you’re healthy, so much more goes into being ‘healthy’ than your waist measurement!!!
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