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Waist-to-hip Ratio (WHR)

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Updated February 15, 2014

waist-to-hip ratio

Waist-to-hip ratio.

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Definition: Waist-to-hip ratio is a measurement that compares the size of your waist in inches to that of your hips. Risk for developing heart disease is typically measured by waist-to-hip ratio.

Also Known As: WHR, waist-to-hip circumference ratio

Examples: A waist-to-hip ratio of over 0.8 for women and 1.0 for men is indicative of a higher than normal risk of developing heart disease.

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