This free online body shape 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 that 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.
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.
I'm no expert, but all of my research indicates that targeted weight-loss is a myth.
Sure, doing 100 sit-ups per day may tighten and tone your stomach muscles, but your six-pack abs might still remain buried under belly fat depending on how you answer these two questions:
1. Are you burning more calories than you are consuming?
2. Where do you tend to lose weight first?
If you are burning more calories than you are consuming, but your genetics dictate that fat reduction tends to occur first in your thighs and buttocks area, then doing 100 sit-ups per day won't unveil your six-pack anymore than any other exercise that is burning the same number of calories.
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.
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.
|Low||WHR of 0.80 or below||WHR of 0.95 or below|
|Moderate||WHR of 0.81 to .085||WHR of 0.96 to 1.0|
|High||WHR of 0.85 or greater||WHR of 1.0 or greater|
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.
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.
So with that, plug your measurements into the waist to hip ratio calculator to calculate your WHR, your body type, and the associated health risk level.
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Measurement preference: Select either standard (inches) or metric (centimeters).
Gender: Select Female or Male.
Your waist measurement: Using a cloth tape measure, measure the distance around the narrowest part of your waist, usually just above the belly button. Enter fractions as decimals (1/4 = .25, 1/2 = .5, 3/4 = .75).
Your hip measurement: Using a cloth tape measure, measure the distance around the widest part of your hip and buttocks area. Enter fractions as decimals (1/4 = .25, 1/2 = .5, 3/4 = .75).
Taking measurements: 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.
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.
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 above the body shape calculator.