What is the significance of waist to hip ratio. Is there something like an ideal ratio.How does this put one under increased risk of cardiac events?

Question (Posted on :  02 Sep 2008 )

What is the significance of waist to hip ratio. Is there something like an ideal ratio.How does this put one under increased risk of cardiac events?

Doctor's Response (Posted on : 02 Sep 2008 )

Ideally, women should have a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.8 or less. Ideally, men should have a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.95 or less. Waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) looks at the proportion of fat stored on your body around your waist and hip. It is a simple but useful measure of fat distribution. Most people store their body fat in two distinct ways: around their middle (apple shape) and around their hips (pear shape). Having an apple shape (carrying extra weight around the stomach) is riskier for your health than having a pear shape (carrying extra weight around your hips or thighs). This is because body shape and health risk are linked. If you have more weight around your waist you have a greater risk of lifestyle related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes than those with weight around their hips.

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