Calculate your waist to hip ratio, then compare it to your body mass index.
Calculating Risk About Your Ratios
Studies have found that fat around the abdominals and abdominal organs (visceral fat) or waist size, increases your odds of developing heart conditions and diabetes. This is a troubling finding for men as they generally have a high likelihood of developing heart disease and typically hold more body fat around their mid-sections. However, regardless of gender, “apple-shaped” people have a greater chance of developing diseases when compared to “pear-shaped" individuals.
Studies found that “love handles” or subcutaneous body fat, defined as fat that you can pinch and is right under the skin, was not found significant for predicting future diseases. Waist size from solid visceral fat around the abdominal organs is the culprit to watch out for that can lead to heart risks. A waist size greater than 40 inches for men and 35 for women is believed to be problematic and may cause the production of specific reactions that change glucose and cholesterol metabolism.
How to Measure for the Waist to Hip Ratio Calculation
Use a measuring tape to check your waistline and hip measurements.
Waist to Hip Ratio Calculator
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