The waist-to-height(WTH) ratio is a simple measure of lifestyle risk and overweight. Waist to height ratio does not favor short or tall people more than measurements of waist circumference.
Several studies have shown that measuring waist to height ratio is more valid than BMI in the scientific community. Those who are taller or shorter than the average population will have a bias when measuring waist circumference.
How To Use The WTH Calculator
To get started, simply enter your gender and age. After that, enter your height and current weight.
Select the appropriate activity level: Sedentary, light active, moderately active, very active, or extra active.
Then Enter Goal Weight, body fat, and waist. Lastly, just calculate to see your WTH result.
It will ask you to choose an activity level that best represents your lifestyle when you use the calculator. Honesty is key! You will not gain muscle mass if you claim to be very active but are not.
WTH Results – How Should I Interpret Them
WHtR was shown to be as good as waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio as indicators of health outcomes, so a simple “Shape Chart” was created:
- X= Waist circumference
- Y= Height
- Children over 5 years of age or adults can use the chart.
Brown Area = Careful, you might be underweight. You don’t need to reduce the circumference of your waist.
Green Area = Healthy
Yellow Area = Adults need to make a decision, while children must take action
Red Area = Adults and children must take action
The chart presented above was created by Margaret Ashwell from Oxford Brookes University.
How To Use WTH To Get Ideal Weight
The waist-to-height ratio is considered a simpler and more predictive indicator of the early health risks associated with central obesity. As a general rule, it is recommended that the waist circumference not exceed half of the height, so keeping the WHtR at less than 0.5, will lead to a healthy body and longer life.
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So, What’s Your Next Move?
- Track your progress and calories using a method you prefer. Depending on your preference, you may do this either on paper or through a mobile app.
- Over time, review your progress and make changes as necessary. Your basal metabolic rate (BMR) will fluctuate according to your weight loss. Therefore, your calorie intake plan may need to be adjusted as you continue to make progress.
Waist to height ratios measures fat distribution. Since it is a rough estimate of obesity, the higher someone’s waist-to-height ratio is the higher their risk of obesity-related cardiovascular diseases. Researchers have discovered that a person’s waist-height ratio is a good predictor of their risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, but the link with diabetes hasn’t been proved yet. In addition to body mass index (BMI), the waist-hip ratio is another indicator of abdominal obesity.