Waist To Height Ratio Calculator – Assess Your Lifestyle Risk


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 :
Your Waist-to-Height Ratio is :
How to interpret Your Waist-to-Height Ratio


  • 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


  • 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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  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.

  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.

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