Waist-to-Hip Ratio (WHR)

Waist-to-Hip Ratio (WHR) is defined as the waist circumference divided by the hip circumference. It is also a health risk indicator since the ratio provides an additional measure of body fat distribution and heath risks. For men, a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.9 or less, and for women 0.8 or less are considered safe. For both men and women, the risk of heart disease and other problems associated with being overweight rises sharply with a WHR of 1.0 or higher.