Waist to Height Ratio (WHtR)

The Waist to Height Ratio (WHtR), also called waist-to-stature ratio (WSR), is a simple measurement of body composition and one of the commonly used screening tools for obesity. The measurement is based on waist girth (circumference) and standing height. WHtR is not unlike Body Mass Index (BMI) which is based on height and weight measures, though it is equivalent to or slightly better than waist circumference and superior to BMI in predicting higher cardiometabolic risk (Yoo, 2016).

Waist to Height Ratio (WHtR) = Waist Girth / Height

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Rating Men Women
Extremely Slim ≤ 0.34 ≤ 0.34
Underweight 0.35 to 0.43 0.35 to 0.41
Healthy 0.43 to 0.52 0.42 to 0.48
Overweight 0.53 to 0.57 0.49 to 0.53
Very Overweight 0.58 to 0.62 0.54 to 0.57
Morbidly Obese ≥ 0.63 ≥ 0.58


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