Weight gain - unintentional: Approach to Care

Waist-To-Hip Ratio

Women with waist-to-hip ratios of more than 0.8 or men with waist-to-hip ratios of more than 1.0 are "apples." They are at increased health risk because of their fat distribution.

To determine your waist-to-hip ratio:

  1. Measure the waist at its narrowest point.
  2. Measure the hips at the widest point.
  3. Divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement. For example, a woman with a 35-inch waist and 46-inch hips would do the following calculation:

    35 ÷ 46 = 0.76