All you need is a tape measure. Measure your waist, which is located at the bottom of your ribcage, that’s about one inch above your belly button. Now measure your hips, this is the widest point across your hips and buttocks. Then divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement. The resulting number is your waist to hip ratio (WHR).
For women a WHR of .75 or below and .90 or below for men is healthy. If your WHR is above .75 for women or .90 for men, consider decreasing your body fat, while maintaining body muscle mass. Maintaining a healthy waist to hip ratio is one tool that can help keep type 2 diabetes from creeping up and taking hold.
Waist to Hip Ratio Chart
|Female||Male||Health Risk Based Solely on WHR|
|0.75 or below||0.90 or below||Low Risk|
|0.76 to .81||0.91 to 1.0||Moderate Risk|