Enter your waist circumference and hip circumference into the calculator below to determine your waist to hip ratio. A waist to hip ratio can be used as a guide to fitness and body fat.

Waist To Hip Ratio Formula

The following formula is used to calculate the waist to hip ratio.

W-H = W/H

  • Where W-H is the ratio
  • W is the waist circumference (in)
  • H is the hip measurement (in)

Waist to Hip Ratio

A waist to hip ratio is a measure of the ratio of the circumference around your waist to the circumference around your hip.

What is Waist to Hip Ratio Used For?

In this case, the formula is a simple division since the resulting value is just a ratio of one measure to another. In general, a larger waist to hip ratio means a higher body fat. That’s because while the hip measurement on a human rarely changes, the waist measurement increases as your body fat increase. This is due to the simple fact that human bodies store fat in the waist. As mentioned previously, since the human body does not store fat typically directly on the hips, the hips circumference measurement is not significant. It’s also important to note that this ratio can be highly influenced by genetics, so it does not make much sense to compare ratios from person to person. It’s better to use the ratio as a gauge for losing or gaining body fat.

How to calculate waist to hip ratio?

How to calculate waist to hip ratio?

  1. First, measure your hip circumference.

    This will be the location where you can feel your hip bones about 2 inches below your belly button.

  2. Next, measure your waist circumference.

    This will be about even with your belly button.

  3. Finally, calculate your ratio.

    Using the equation above, calculate your waist to hip ratio.

Waist to Hip Ratio Calculator