Fat Distribution

In addition to BMI, it is helpful to know your waist-to-hip ratio (WHR). This ratio determines your pattern of fat distribution, i.e., where you store body fat. The formula for calculating waist-to-hip ratio is:

Worksheet 1-4. Calculate Your Waist-to-Hip Ratio

Your WHR =

Your WHR =

waist circumference (inches) hip circumference (inches)

ratio ratio

Standards for Waist-to-Hip Ratios

Men:

Ratios greater than those listed above indicate a tendency toward central (torso) obesity. People who store excess fat in their mid-sections are at increased risk for heart disease and diabetes.

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