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Waist to hip ratio (WHR)
 
Waist to hip ratio is the indicator of health risk. People with more weight around the waist are more prone to health risks such as heart disease and diabetes.
 
Apple body shape verses pear body shape
Apple body shape people have fat more around the waist are at risk for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
Pear body shape people have fat more around the hips are at lower risk for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
 
The following is the chart shows waist to hip ratio and relevant health risk for men and women.
 
 Male                                               Female                              Health risk
0.7                                                   0.8                                    Lower risk
0.7 to 1.0                                         0.8 to 0.85                        Moderate risk
1.0 +                                                0.85 +                               High risk
 
Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last modified: June 20, 2010