Waist-Hip Ratio (WHR)
Excess body fat in the different levels presents different risk factors for health.
Several studies have shown the direct relationship between the major chronic diseases and abdominal girth measurements.
Abdominal obesity represented by deposits of fat in the abdominal cavity has been reported as a strong indicator for the development of diseases such as: coronary heart, type 2 diabetes, cancer (breast, colorectal, endometrial and kidney), hypertension, osteoarthritis (degeneration of cartilage and bone of joints) and nonalcoholic fatty liver.
The waist-hip ratio is widely used to determine risk factors for coronary heart disease associated with obesity.
Table of the indices is based on statistical surveys. The indices of 0.95 or less for men and 0.80 or less for women are considered safe.
How to calculate the WHR.