Information for patients

Waist hip ratio

Waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) looks at the proportion of fat stored on your body around your waist and hip.

Most people store their body fat in two distinct ways:
1. around your middle (the apple shape) and
2. around your hips (the pear shape).

For most people, the apple shape or carrying extra weight around the middle places them at a higher health risks than carrying extra weight around their hips or thighs or the pear shape. Keep in mind that this is just one assessment that is used in measuring overall health risk. Overall obesity, however, is still of greater risk than where fat is stored on your body. Other important measurements in addition to Waist Hip Ratio are Body Mass Index (BMI) and percentage of body fat.

Measure waist at the navel.

Measure hips at the tip of the hip bone.


The Androgen Deficiency in Aging Males (ADAM) test is an easy way to answer questions about your sexual health, which can help to see if you need your testosterone level checked. A positive result does not necessarily mean that you have a low testosterone level or require treatment, but can be a guide to help discuss your symptoms with your doctor.
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BMI Calculator

Body-Mass-Index (BMI) looks at the proportion of height and weight of your body. Use our tool to calculate your BMI.
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Last updated: 2019