Waist-to-Hip Ratio

All of you readers- I challenge you to comment (and de-lurk) and tell me your waist-to-hip ratio (WHR). Don't know what that is? Wikipedia knows everything. Here's what "they" say:

"WHR is the ratio of the circumference of the waist to that of the hips. It is calculated by measuring the smaller circumference of the natural waist, usually just above the belly button, and dividing by the hip circumference at its widest part of the buttocks or hip. The ratio is applied both to women and men, and is used as a measurement of obesity, which in turn is a possible indicator of other more serious health conditions.

A WHR of 0.7 for women and 0.9 for men have been shown to correlate strongly with general health and fertility. Women within the 0.7 range have optimal levels of estrogen and are less susceptible to major diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders and ovarian cancers.Men with WHRs around 0.9, similarly, have been shown to be more healthy and fertile with less prostate cancer and testicular cancer."

One of the things I kept track of in the 12 weeks of Biggest Loser is my WHR. It went from .82 to .77.

I have the first number of that decimal, but I think I still need to work on this one.


Jamie B. said...

Interesting. I am going to try this out!

Skyler Meine said...

Will do and get back to you.

Lurkey McLurkelson said...

My WHR is about 2...but I am also carrying a sausage-baby.