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Waist size:

Hip size:

Sex:

Note The Waist-to-Hip Calculator is based on research outcomes of middle-aged men and women. This tool is not applicable to pregnant women and children and may not accurately indicate risk for young adults or older individuals.

How to Use

Studies have shown that the shape of your body can be correlated to higher risks for health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. By measuring the ratio of your waist size to your hip size, you can use our calculator to determine your body type and levels of risk.

The data used to derive the waist-to-hip results was taken from middle-aged men and women. The calculator may not apply to young children, the elderly, or pregnant women.

Measure Yourself First

To use the calculator, you need current measurements for your waist and hips. So, get out that measuring tape!

When measuring around your waist, measure the narrowest part of your torso. If you can't find it, measure around yourself at your belly button. No sucking in!

To measure your hips, wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of your hips.

Studies have shown that the shape of your body can be correlated to higher risks for health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. By measuring the ratio of your waist size to your hip sizes, you can use our calculator to determine your body type and levels of risk.

The data used to derive the waist-to-hip results was taken from middle-aged men and women. The calculator may not apply to young children, the elderly, or pregnant women.

1. Select if you are measuring in inches or centimeters from the drop-down list.

2. Click and enter your waist size in the appropriate box.

3. Click and enter your hip size in the next box.

4. Click Male or Female.

5. When you have finished entering your information, click CALCULATE SUBMIT.

More About This Tool

Did you know that the size of your waist in relation to the size of your hips can help determine your risk for diabetes, and other conditions? In general, the higher your waist-hip ratio is, the higher your health risks may be, regardless of how tall or big-boned you are. Find out if you are at risk.


Review Date: 12/31/2010
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Previously reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc (6/20/2008).
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