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Waist Hip Ratio Calculator

This calculator is used to determine if you carry excess body fat around the waist or around the hips, indicating if your body type is an Apple or Pear shape.Holding fat around the mid-section is associated with higher risks of health problems, while fat carried around the thighs and hips is associated with less risk. It is important to be aware of your body shape and seek more information about what it means for your health.

Please enter your Waist and Hip measurements to find out if you may be at risk.

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A waist measurement of over 80cm for women and 94cm for men typically indicates higher risk of heart disease and stroke. For the Apple body shape, fat deposits are more likely to be coating the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas making this shape higher risk compared to the Pear body shape.

 

Apple

The Apple body shape is characterised by slimmer hips, with more fat being carried around the mid-section. People of this body type have a higher risk of heart attack and circulatory diseases and are recommended to seek health advice.

Pear

The Pear body shape is characterised by narrow shoulders and a slimmer chest and mid-section, with more weight being held around the hips and thighs. As there are fewer organs around these areas, people with a Pear shape tend to have a lower risk of heart and circulatory disease.

Where you carry weight may be as important as how much weight you carry

Research shows that carrying fat around the middle, or having an apple-shaped physique, increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. Carrying fat in the hips and thighs, or having a pear shape, is not as harmful to your health. Fat predominantly distributed around the waist is also a risk factor for health complications such as cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. Fat predominantly deposited away from vital organs, around the hips and buttocks, doesn’t have this same risk.