Waist To Height Ratio Calculator – Assess Your Lifestyle Risk

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Body mass index (BMI) is an index widely used to define obesity. BMI does not always accurately indicate the degree of fatness. The degree of central fat distribution may be more closely tied to metabolic risks than BMI. Measurement of the degree of central fat distribution thus appears to be important for the early detection of subsequent health risks, even among those of normal weight. Waist-to-height ratio (W/Ht) corresponds better to metabolic risk than BMI.

*PLEASE NOTE: It’s important to avoid going by BMI alone since it’s not the most accurate form of measurement for lean, fit and healthy individuals who carry additional muscle mass. One of the best ways to receive an accurate reading of body fat is to use one of the effective methods like a Bod Pod, water displacement and DEXA scanning.

Waist To Height Ratio Calculator
Height : feet inches
Waist :
Gender :
Result
Your Waist-to-Height Ratio is :
How to interpret Your Waist-to-Height Ratio

MEN

  • Ratio less than 35: Abnormally Slim to Underweight
  • Ratio 35 to 43: Extremely slim
  • Ratio 43 to 46: Slender and Healthy
  • Ratio 46 and 53: Healthy, Normal Weight
  • Ratio 53 to 58: Overweight
  • Ratio 58 to 63: Extremely Overweight/Obese
  • Ratio over 63: Highly Obese

WOMEN

  • Ratio less than 35: Abnormally Slim to Underweight
  • Ratio 35 - 42: Extremely Slim
  • Ratio 42 to 46: Slender and Healthy
  • Ratio 46 to 49: Healthy, Normal Weight
  • Ratio 49 to 54: Overweight
  • Ratio 54 to 58: Seriously Overweight
  • Ratio over 58: Highly Obese

 

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31 Comments

  1. Antonio Narduzzi on

    I’m at first disturbed by the choice of descriptors for what should be a healthy weight, especially attractive. Then I’m put off by the fact this is as unrealistic as the BMI. I lift weights and have a thick body so I thought I would try this only I would need to lose ten pant sizes to be attractive. I would be skin and bones and lacking muscle which helps a person in the long run to be healthy.

    • shapefit

      You’re correct, the BMI is not the most accurate form of measurement and has several flaws, the biggest being the lack of taking into consideration the level of lean muscle mass on an individual’s physique. We have added additional information to this page to make our readers aware of this.

    • The ‘attractive’ thing disturbed me too, body shaming works both ways and some people naturally don’t fall in the healthy category. So they are not attractive then? I do not think it should say it as it is placing ideals on people, maybe just leave it as healthy? I used to have an athletic build with decent muscle as I worked out a lot but currently I am being treated for anorexia so I am underweight.

      • shapefit

        Thanks for everyone’s feedback. We have updated this page and removed all references to “attractive”.

    • shapefit

      The calculator shows that it’s not normal (obese). How is your overall weight and level of health/fitness?

  2. LOL. I’m 5’9.25″ weigh 202 pounds and have a 31 inch waist with my chest and hips being 10 inches bigger than my waist. This calculator said I was “slender and healthy”. I beg to differ as my body fat is slightly overweight category (one or two percentage points and I will be within the healthy range), my BMI is almost in the obese category (obese with some BMI calculators), and my measurements put me into a size 12 (one more size and I’m in plus sized territory). My weight says people should be manning their harpoons! I then entered my waist measurement from before I had children and weighed 150 pounds (26 inches) and a BMI of 22. It said “extremely slim” even though my BMI was in the healthy range. Now if my BMI were say 17 to 19 at the time when I had a 26 inch waist, I would agree with that label. Honestly, the labels for the waist measurements should be changed. Currently, mine should say “overweight” and the latter calculation from when I was at a healthy weight should say “healthy”. Unless I’m built weird and have a Disney waist but as far as I know, I don’t as no one has ever commented on my waist size. Before I get any nastiness for my weight, I would like to note that I’m working on it and am making progress.

      • shapefit

        Stephen – Place a tape measure around your bare stomach just above the upper hip bone. This is usually very close to being level with your belly button.

    • Recent studies show that BMI is inaccurate by category in almost 50% of cases, with women in general being diagnosed as up to a full category higher than they are actually are. Now, I think that you’ve got a very unusual body type, so this calculator won’t work for you. I’m 5’7″ and have a 29″ waist, which make us in the same category, with very similar numbers, but I’m about 50 lbs lighter. And I’m considered pretty hourglassy, with about a 4-6 inch difference between waist to hip/ribs. I’d say do what your doctor says and if you’re overweight and working on it then all the power in the world to you! Good job!

  3. I’m 13 years old, 5’3″ and I have a 31 inch waist. When I became obese I was surprised because every other part of my body is slim and healthy with muscle tone except for my stomach. I run each day and do floor workouts too. I’ve cut junk food out of my diet and noticed my body has become slimmer except for my belly, which is still the same. Any more advice? I can’t seem to lose it. Thanks.

    • shapefit

      It doesn’t really sound like your “obese” from the stats you provided and the description of your physique. If you have well-toned muscles and just a little fat on your stomach, this should not be a huge issue to resolve. Just increase your cardio to 45-60 minutes each workout (5-6 days per week) and really look closely at your diet. It’s great that you’ve cut out junk food but there are many other items in your diet that could be major culprits in your journey to a fit physique. Check out our Nutrition 101 article for a list of nutrient dense foods to include in your diet. You should also include abdominal training exercises 1-2 times per week to target your stomach and overall core muscles.

    • shapefit

      Brittany – The calculator provides a general guideline and should not be taken as a definite indicator of your overall health or physique. It’s always best to get a detailed body fat analysis (hydrostatic weighing, DEXA scan, BodPod) to accurately determine your lean muscle mass to body fat ratio.

  4. I am a 16 year old boy. I’m 5 foot 4 and my waist is 35 inches. I know I am not super overweight but my softening pot belly is turning into a big gut. At the start of November, my waist measured 32 inches. I was overindulged at Christmas stuffing myself silly and I gained most of the weight but also noticed a few pounds creeping on before then. I’m really starting to notice my extra inches now as I barely managed to squeeze into my school trousers on the first day back. My belly was spilling over the waistband and I had to lift up my belly to see my belt. I have gained 15 pounds since September and I’m starting to worry about my ballooning waistline. Do you have any weight loss advice to help me?

    • shapefit

      Hi Sean – Remember that most people overindulge around the holidays and it’s never too late to get back on track and make healthy changes. I recommend reviewing our weight loss success stories for great insight into what to eat and how to train to successfully lose weight and keep it off.

  5. Waist-to-height ratio = 31.82 (abnormally slim to underweight). Is this bad? Or is it normal because I’m a vegetarian who does ballet and yoga at least twice a week?

    • shapefit

      Hi Olivia – This calculator just provides a general calculation. If you’re healthy and just very petite then this ratio should be fine for your body type. The best thing is to have your body fat and overall health measured by a professional and they will provide feedback about whether or not you’re too thin.

    • shapefit

      Hi Lili – This depends on your several factors like your height and weight. Some people are naturally very slim due to their genetics and metabolism. If you eat a healthy diet and you’re active but just have a petite physique then it should not be an issue. However, if you’re undernourished and drastically cut calories to lose weight then it’s definitely not healthy and you should consult with a specialist to assist you.

  6. My stomach protrudes a little bit, but this calculator says I am slender and healthy. So, if you have a tummy like mine, it is considered healthy or not?

    • shapefit

      Hi Ash – Our calculator only provides a general measurement and assessment. Since everyone’s body is different, you need to assess your own physique and level of body fat along with your general health. If you have excess fat in your stomach then you should get your body fat measured by a professional. This way you can get an accurate reading and make the changes necessary to lower your body fat levels in order to get a slimmer stomach.

  7. Saqlain Afridi on

    My waist is 30″ and my height is 5 feet 7 inch (170 cm) and my weight is 60 kg. Is this normal? I have checked on many websites and they all show that it’s a normal range.

    • shapefit

      Hi Saqlain – Our calculator is used for a general reference guide. You should be able to enter your information to get the results. Whether the results are “normal” totally depends on your current level of fitness and body fat percentage. The most accurate measure will be through a fitness professional. Two people with the same stats may be drastically different in terms of body fat and lean muscle mass.

  8. I’m 15 years old and I play basketball, soccer, track and cross country year round. Is my waist too large for this many activities and could it have something to do with my diet? I have a 28″ waist. I’m 5’3″ and weigh 111 pounds.

    • shapefit

      Hi Jaelyn – You probably should be more concerned with your performance on the field and your level of body fat. If you’re doing well in all of your sports and you’re lean then it doesn’t really matter what the size of your waist is. Your stats indicate that you’re very petite so if you have any concerns about your current physique, you might want to get your body fat tested at your local gym. This will be a great indicator if you need to lose fat or not.

  9. I just got back from a doctor’s appointment (about my asthma) and the nurse weighed me. I was horrified to be told my current weight! I’m a 5 ft 6 female, 33 years old, vegan, and I swim like 5 miles a week and run about 15 km. I used to be fat as a kid and was bullied mercilessly, so I’m pretty sensitive about putting weight on. I just checked on some online BMI calculator and it had me at 24, which is pushing too close to the “overweight” category for my liking, but then I found your site. I just put my waist measurements (28 inch) into your calculator and it came out as “Slender and healthy”, so now I feel a bit better! I had a look at the “Ideal Weight” calculator too though and it had my ideal weight as being 139-143 pounds and that’s for a “large” frame but I think I’m more a “medium” which is considerably lower than the 150 pounds I am now. How were the “ideal weight” levels calculated? I’m trying to decide if I should try to go on a diet or not. I don’t want to be one of these people who lets the weight creep on in their thirties!

    • shapefit

      Hi Bunnydaft – The calculator only provides a general analysis of your current physique and health status. The formula for the calculator is based on average figures for this type of waist-to-height calculation. Each person is different so it’s very important not to take BMI, Waist-To-Height ratios and other calculations as the be-all end-all. Many factors, like lean muscle mass, can change the calculations widely since a bodybuilder who weighs 250 pounds with 5% body fat will probably show up as “Overweight” on a BMI calculation. So, it’s important to analyze your own current physique. One of the simplest ways is by taking photos of yourself in a bathing suit each week and tracking your progress. Forget the numbers on the scale. The mirror test will tell you much more. Look into a mirror with your clothes off and look at the level of body fat around your stomach, hips and thighs. If you’re packing on fat around these areas, it’s time to make some changes. If you’re firm and tight then it doesn’t really matter how much you weigh, your BMI or your waist-to-height ratio, etc. Just try your best to keep it simple.

  10. I’m 18 years old and my waist is 26 inches. My height is 5’5″ and my waist-to-height ratio is 40. Is it okay? I don’t think that my waist is super slim but the calculator categorized me as “extremely slim”. my BMI is 8.

    • shapefit

      Hi Afff – The best thing to do is measure your body fat percentage using an accurate method to see if you’re carrying too much on your body. The ratios are just a general guideline so don’t get too fixated on them.

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