About The Waist-hip Ratio

About The Waist-hip Ratio
About The Waist-hip Ratio

Belly fat is a health threat that will not disappear without a fight. At least that’s what we hear on the late night commercials that try to sell a new way to fight in the middle bulge. Fact is belly fat can be a serious threat. One way to find out about the middle poses a greater threat is to calculate the waist-to-hip ratio
Waist-to-hip ratio shows the comparison of the weight carried between waist and hips. To calculate the waist-to-hip ratio using a tape measure to measure the circumference of the narrowest point around the waist and then measure the circumference at its widest point around the hips. Share waist measurement by the hip measurement. For example a person with a 24-inch waist and 40 inches around the hips has a waist-hip ratio of 0.6.
Obesity poses an increased health risk for hypertension osteoarthritis dyslipidemia diabetes stroke gallbladder disease sleep apnea respiratory problems some cancers and coronary heart disease. Carrying a higher proportion of overweight at the waist as opposed to the hips increasing the risk of heart disease. People with apple-shaped bodies are at a higher risk than people with pear-shaped body.
There are several ways to determine whether a person is carrying too much weight around the abdomen. The first method takes only the circumference of the waist while the second method solves the waist-to-hip ratio. With the first method use a tape measure to measure your waist at its narrowest point. Measurements greater than 40 inches for men or 35 inches for women considered too high. If you use the waist-hip ratio if it is greater than 0.9 for men or 0.85 for women it is considered too high (see Resources below).
Although it is not clear why the body shape increases the risk for heart disease it is known that individuals with a higher ratio of belly fat has a greater tendency to have metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of medical disorders that increase the risk of heart disease. It’s hard for people to change their body shape which makes it important for those with apple shapes exercising and maintaining a healthy body weight (see Resources below).
Theories / Speculation
Many health websites offer a free waist-hip ratio calculator online. When using the online calculator the ratio will be the same as what you could easily tabulate the calculator. Each site includes a recommendation for a safe relationship space. The various websites do not necessarily agree on what is considered a safe area. According to the Mayo Clinic website any number above 0.9 for men and 0. 85 for women poses increased health risks (see Resources below). The numbers are different Your Total Health and healthy Me websites. Your Total Health website recommends a number below 0.72 for women and 0. 090 for men as the ideal ratio target. Healthy Me website recommends below 0. 092 for men and 0076 for women as a healthy choice.