A waist-to-hip is a useful method that is used for measuring the fat distribution of a person which can be assessed in determining the overall health condition of the person. It is said that the people who are having extra amount of weight then the recommended amount are in the highest risk of developing severe health condition down the road. There are some ways which are being used for calculating the waist to hip ration in a person. So, if you want to know more about the methods which are being used for calculating the waist-to-hip ration and how it affects your health, then keep on reading. Down below we have listed some of the most important things that you need to know about the waist-to-hip ratio.
How to calculate?
To get the perfect measurement, the circumference needs to be measured for both the hips as well as the waist. To measure precisely the circumference of the waist, the person needs to be standing straight and then breath out which is when the waist should be measured from above the belly button using a measuring tape. That is the area from where the shortest measurement of the waist can be achieved. While measuring the waist, you need to make sure that you are not pulling the tape more than necessary else you may end up with a measurement error. Also, you need to make sure that you measure the hips before moving down to the hips. Just like measuring the waist, the hips need to be measured only when the person is standing up straight. Unlike the waist, the hips need to be measured from the widest part. Measure it till the tape reaches the tip of the tape from where it started. Alike measuring the waist, while measuring the hip, make sure that you are not pulling the measuring tape too tight. Now when you are done with the measurement, it is time for you to calculate the waist to hip ratio. To do that, you need to divide the measurement of the waist with the measurement of the hips. Also, make sure that you have measured them both in the same unit such as cm or inches.
The perfect health ratio
As per the WHO (World Health Organization), a person who has a ratio of more than one +are in the higher chances of developing health issues which are related to overweight or obesity. The most common diseases which are related with being overweight are type 2 diabetes and heart diseases. A healthy waist-to-hip ratio is considered as 0.85 or less than that for women and 0.9 or less for men. Men having more than 1 and women more than 0.86 indicate over weighed.
Effect of higher waist-to-hip-ratio
The people who have a higher waist-to-hip-ratio carry more loads in their middle part. They have the body shape of an apple. And those who have a pear-shaped body which is wider hips and slimmer upper body are in the highest risk of suffering from obesity and developing other medical condition such as:
- Type II diabetes: In a recent study, it has been found that people who have wider Kamar (Kamar in English is called as waist) are at higher risk of developing Type II diabetes.
- Cardiovascular diseases:Research suggests that people with a wider abdominal region are prone to developing cancer and other cardiovascular diseases.
So, if you are looking forward to maintaining a healthy life, make sure that you are maintaining the perfect waist-to-hip ratio.