Waist to Hip Ratio (WHR)

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Waist Hip Ratio is used as an indicator of health, and the risk of developing health conditions. Research shows that people with "apple-shaped" bodies (with more weight around the waist) face more health risks than those with "pear-shaped" bodies who carry more weight around the hips.

Waist to hip is used as a measurement of obesity, which in turn is a possible indicator of other more serious health conditions.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that abdominal obesity is defined as a waist-hip ratio above 0.90 for males and above 0.85 for females.