Michele Cannell

Fitness professional certified in Personal Training, Wellness, CPR/AED, Cycling, Pilates, YogaFit, Tai Chi, and living with Celiac Disease.

Determining your Waist/Hip Ratio and Why is it Important?

Let’s look at hip/waist ratio. You will need a cloth measuring tape. You take your waist measurement right at your belly button all the way around the circumference of your body. Your hip measurement is right along the widest part of your gluteus maximus (butt) around the circumference of your body. Once you know your numbers. Simply divide your waist into your hip measurement and you will get a percentage.

What can that percentage tell us? The bigger your waist is in comparison to your hips indicates possible heart conditions. The more abdominal fat/the bigger your abs are can cause a concern for a shortened life. The bigger the percentage is an indicator of heart conditions or diabetes. Once you have that diagnosis, the complications increase with further health problems associated with the heart and diabetes.

Waist Hip Ratio Results

Waist Hip RatioExcellent Good AverageAt Risk
Male .85 or less.85-.89 .90-.95.95 or higher
Female .75 or less.75-.79.80-.86.86 or higher