# Waist to Hip Ratio Calculator to Calculate Your Body Shape

This calculator will calculate your waist-hip ratio (WHR) from your entered measurements, as well as determine if your body type is considered to be pair shaped or apple shaped.

Plus, the calculator will also plot your WHR on a health risk meter. The risk factor is based on health risk levels found to be associated with various hip waist ratios.

Note that the calculator can be set to accommodate measurements for women or men -- using either standard (inches) or metric (centimeters) measurements, but is not intended for use by anyone younger than age 18.

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## Waist to Hip Ratio Calculator

Calculate your waist to hip ratio, female or male, in standard or metric units.

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#### Selected Data Record:

A Data Record is a set of calculator entries that are stored in your web browser's Local Storage. If a Data Record is currently selected in the "Data" tab, this line will list the name you gave to that data record. If no data record is selected, or you have no entries stored for this calculator, the line will display "None".

DataData recordData recordSelected data record: None
Measure:Measurement:Measurement preference:Measurement preference:

#### Measurement preference:

Select either standard (inches) or metric (centimeters).

Gender:Gender:Gender:Gender:

#### Gender:

Select male or female.

Waist:Waist measure:Waist measurement:Waist measurement:

#### Your waist measurement:

Using a cloth tape measure, measure the distance around the narrowest part of your waist, usually just above the belly button. If you don't have a cloth tape measure, use a string and then measure the string with a flat ruler. Be sure to relax, breath normally, and don't attempt to cinch the tape or string. Enter fractions as decimals (1/4 = .25, 1/2 = .5, 3/4 = .75).

 Waist measurement
Hip:Hip measure:Hip measurement:Hip measurement:

#### Your hip measurement:

Using a cloth tape measure, measure the distance around the widest part of your hip and buttocks area. If you don't have a cloth tape measure, use a string and then measure the string with a flat ruler. Be sure to relax, breath normally, and don't attempt to cinch the tape or string. Enter fractions as decimals (1/4 = .25, 1/2 = .5, 3/4 = .75).

 Hip measurement
WHR ratio:WHR ratio:Waist to hip ratio:Waist to hip ratio:

#### Waist to hip ratio:

This is your waist hip ratio (WHR), which is calculated by dividing your entered waist measurement by your entered hip measurement.

Risk level:Risk level:Health risk level:Health risk level:

#### Health risk level:

This is your health risk level based on your WHR. You can confirm this by seeing where your WHR falls on the chart located on the Learn tab.

If you would like to save the current entries to the secure online database, tap or click on the Data tab, select "New Data Record", give the data record a name, then tap or click the Save button. To save changes to previously saved entries, simply tap the Save button. Please select and "Clear" any data records you no longer need.

## Learn

### What WHR is, what body type is, and how to determine each of them.

#### What is Waist Hip Ratio and Why is it Used?

The waist-hip ratio is used to determine levels of risks for diseases such as diabetes and heart disease and is based on your body shape rather than on your body fat percentage.

This is especially useful for athletes, since they often show a risky Body Mass Index (BMI) -- which is due to the failure of the BMI calculation to account for muscle mass.

#### How to Calculate WHR

WHR is calculated by dividing the narrowest distance around your abdomen by the widest distance around your hips and buttocks area.

The following waist-to-hip ratio chart shows the widely accepted health risk levels associated with various ratios.

Health RiskWomanMen
LowWHR of 0.80 or belowWHR of 0.95 or below
ModerateWHR of 0.81 to .085WHR of 0.96 to 1.0
HighWHR of 0.85 or greaterWHR of 1.0 or greater

#### How to Calculate Your Body Type

If your waist measurement is greater than or equal to your hip measurement (WHR >= 1), your body is said to be apple shaped -- meaning that you tend to store most of your body fat on your waist.

If your hip measurement is greater than your waist measurement (WHR < 1), your body is said to be pear shaped -- meaning that you tend to store most of your body fat on your hips and buttocks.

#### Pear Shaped Vs Apple Shaped

As a rule of thumb, people with apple-shaped bodies can have a 2 to 4 times greater risk for heart disease than those with pear-shaped bodies.

However, if it turns out that you have an apple-shaped body, then there is at least one bit of good news.

People with apple-shaped bodies typically lose weight proportionately, whereas people with pear-shaped bodies tend to lose weight only in their upper bodies.

#### Adjust Calculator Width:

Move the slider to left and right to adjust the calculator width. Note that the Help and Tools panel will be hidden when the calculator is too wide to fit both on the screen. Moving the slider to the left will bring the instructions and tools panel back into view.

Also note that some calculators will reformat to accommodate the screen size as you make the calculator wider or narrower. If the calculator is narrow, columns of entry rows will be converted to a vertical entry form, whereas a wider calculator will display columns of entry rows, and the entry fields will be smaller in size ... since they will not need to be "thumb friendly".

#### Show/Hide Popup Keypads:

Select Show or Hide to show or hide the popup keypad icons located next to numeric entry fields. These are generally only needed for mobile devices that don't have decimal points in their numeric keypads. So if you are on a desktop, you may find the calculator to be more user-friendly and less cluttered without them.

#### Stick/Unstick Tools:

Select Stick or Unstick to stick or unstick the help and tools panel. Selecting "Stick" will keep the panel in view while scrolling the calculator vertically. If you find that annoying, select "Unstick" to keep the panel in a stationary position.

If the tools panel becomes "Unstuck" on its own, try clicking "Unstick" and then "Stick" to re-stick the panel.