Waist-hip ratio

 

A simple method of describing the distribution of body fat is the waist-hip ratio. A waist-hip ratio greater than 0.9 for men and 0.8 for women are indicative of increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

Risk to health

  Low Least
 
Moderate
 
High
 
Extreme
Men <0.85 0.85 – 0.90 0.90 – 0.95 0.95 – 1.00 >1.00
Women <0.75 0.75 – 0.80 0.80 – 0.85 0.85 – 0.90 >0.90

 

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