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.



#753 Gourav 2019-04-19 06:55
[I am 26 yrs old male of height 5'9 .my waist size is exactly 30 since long time..also my neck is much thin and my ribs are petty much visible.How to get a waist near about 34 with good muscles in neck and chest?
#752 Charlie 2019-04-18 21:51
Im 24 male. I am 5'4 i think my waist is around 28 inch. I weigh around 145-150. I feel like my waist is too small. Like its dangerous for my organs or something. Hmm its not just the waist my stomach is completely flat.it dont seem right...stomach is lower than ribs .
#751 Patrick Milko 2019-04-15 02:33
My waist is 32 and I'm 5'5 I'm 27 male. Is that good or bad?
#750 Anna 2019-04-14 21:10
I'm 6 feet tall and my waist is 24
lol imma die
#749 Chad 2019-04-01 23:01
What if your waist to height ratio says take care but your BMI says you are over weight ?
#748 chris g kossnar 2019-03-31 18:58
Quoting Bill:
Im 5' 11" 40 waist 227lbs . How do I get to 32'" waist ?

Just work, work, work Bill. Eat sensibly, everyone knows what that means, & try to not overeat, just be patient(when you feel like you're still hungry, stop eating, wait about 10 minutes, & you'll be full--I promise, & you get better at it with practice). & exercise steadily, walk briskly, climb stairs, do an elyptical machine, whatever. & again, be patient. I've lost almost 70 lbs, & it took about 2 years, the slower you lose it, the better off you'll be, & MUCH better chance of keeping it off. My waist was at a peak of about 39" 5 years ago, now it's 31", which matches the smallest it's ever been as an adult. I'm 47 years old, 5' 11.5", 200 lbs.
#747 chris g kossnar 2019-03-31 18:52
I'm 5'11.5". weigh almost exactly 200 lbs, & JUST TODAY I fit into size 31" waist for the 1st time in a loooooong time. I've worked really hard to get fit & lean. I've almost lost alll of the fat now(down from a high of 265.5 lbs.)!
#746 K SHANKARK 2019-03-31 14:54
]I’m 61 and I’m actually between 5’2 and 5’3
#745 Quacker 2019-03-31 11:15
I'm 15 5'6 and 31 inch waist, at a WHOPPING 143 pounds. BMI 23 i think. No muscle all fat. I am very weak and don't exercise. Am I healthy? Why do I look fat?
#744 chris 2019-03-30 00:39
Quoting Bill:
Im 5' 11" 40 waist 227lbs . How do I get to 32'" waist ?

Give up one high calorie food or drink and swap it for a low or zero calorie option. soda out water instead. This creates a slight calorie drop. Eat better, whole grains, fruit and vegetables every meal. Exercise: walk a mile every day at a brisk pace, do the following three exercises: Pushups, sit ups and air squats. instructions are found on youtube. do it slowly
#743 Mica 2019-03-29 03:44
I am a 24 year-old female, height 5'1 with a 23inch waist. I'd say I'm ideal but I'd still like to lose a few more pounds haha
#742 Kate 2019-03-25 17:44
I’m 14 and I’m actually between 5’4 and 5’5
#741 Kate 2019-03-25 17:40
I’m 5’4 and have a 27 inch waist, 39 inch hips.
Is this good? Should I worry?
I weigh around 135 pounds but I also lift weights so should I try to lose weight?
#740 Teresa 2019-03-21 04:28
(Im 32 in not 34)
#739 Teresa 2019-03-21 04:24
Im a 16 year old girl. My waist is 34 in. And im 5'2. The scale says i should loose weight. Should I?
#738 Iqra 2019-03-18 15:09
My age is 19 height 4 10 waist 22 is it normal. Weight is may be 38 kg.

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