Calculate Your Waist-to-Hip Ratio

This quick measurement can tell you a lot about your current health — and your future chronic-disease risks.


Your waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) is a quick, inexpensive measure of abdominal fat. It gives you a good sense of your current risk of insulin resistance and future risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Excess abdominal fat is troublesome because it’s hormonally active, proinflammatory, and a key factor in metabolic syndrome, a collection of conditions including increased blood pressure, blood-sugar imbalances, and abnormal cholesterol levels.

Metabolic syndrome is also associated with an increased risk for many inflammatory diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and some cancers.

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