WHR - Waist-to-Hip Ratio Calculator Explained

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Last updated: January 12, 2024

WHR – Waist-to-Hip Ratio Calculator

What is a waist-to-hip ratio calculator?

The Waist-to-Hip Ratio (WHR) calculator is handy for determining your hip circumference (HC) and waist circumference (WC) ratio and assessing the associated risk level based on the ratio and gender.

What is the waist-to-hip ratio?

The waist-to-hip ratio measures the amount of fat stored around the waist and hip area in proportion to the body's overall size. To calculate it, divide the waist circumference (WC) by the hip circumference (HC).

Research has found that individuals with higher waist-to-hip ratios are at an increased risk of developing health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.[1]

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), A healthy waist-to-hip ratio is typically below 0.9 for men and 0.85 for women.[2]

Measuring waist and hip circumference

In the following video, Dr. Evan Matthews demonstrates how to measure waist and hip circumference.

To measure waist and hip circumference, use the following instructions.

Waist Circumference:

  • Stand up straight and breathe out.
  • Use a flexible tape measure to check the distance around the smallest part of your waist, just above your belly button.
  • Make sure the tape measure is tight enough.
  • Note down the measurement.

Hip Circumference:

  • Measure the distance around the most significant part of your hips, typically the widest part of your buttocks.
  • Again, ensure the tape measure is snug but not uncomfortable.
  • Record this measurement as well.
We strive to make our calculator apps as accurate as possible, but they cannot replace a professional doctor. Our website provides information for informational purposes, and it's not medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider before making any decisions based on the results provided by our tool.

User Guide

This guide provides step-by-step instructions for using our calculator.

WHR – Waist-to-Hip Ratio Calculator

How do you use the waist-hip ratio calculator?

To calculate the Waist-to-Hip Ratio or WHR using our calculator, use the following steps:

  1. Check your preferred unit system.
  2. Enter your waist circumference.
  3. Enter your hip circumference.

Waist-Hip Calc - Input Fields

If you don't know how to measure, please head to our explanation section to see the video and instructions on measuring procedures.

When you fill in all the required information, our WHR calculator calculates and shows your waist-to-hip classification and ratio in the result section.

Waist-Hip Calc - Result

With that result, you can see the explanation, check your waist-hip ratio class, and compare it with others from the table under the calculator.

Waist-Hip Calc - Classifications

Calculation Features

Our calculator has some essential features to help you fill in your information and get the result as quickly as possible.

Type, Click, or Swipe

We developed the calculator to accept all interaction methods to speed up your information-filling process. In most input fields, you don't need to use the keyboard. You can use the mouse or finger to adjust the field value by swiping within a predefined range.

Assisted information-filling

More ways to adjust the value

Some calculators also offer a range of preset values, which you can quickly enter by clicking the associated button.

Preset Values

You can fill the field with preset values.

Metric or Imperial Unit

Each calculator has a unit switcher button right under the form. The calculator switches between the metric and imperial systems when you click or tap on it. All input values are converted to an appropriate target unit (e.g., cm to feet, in).

Health Calculator - Unit System Switcher

Convert values between metric and imperial systems.

Reload the form

Click the refresh icon or button under the form to calculate new information.

Health Calculator - Reload the form


Our calculator provides personalization features, allowing users to customize the user interface to match their preferences.

Change dark mode

By default, our calculator dark mode follows your system's preference. However, you can change it by opening the Settings menu and turning on/off the dark mode switch.

Health Calculator - Change Dark Mode

Open the Settings menu and toggle the dark mode switch.

Change theme color

Our calculator comes with several theme colors to match your preferences. You can change them by opening the Settings > Theme menu and selecting your favorite color.

Health Calculator - Change Theme Color

Open the Settings menu, open the Theme menu, and select a color.

WHR – Waist-to-Hip Ratio Calculator

WHR – Waist-to-Hip Ratio Calculator App

About this app

Our easy-to-use WHR calculator app provides formulas, examples, and explanations to help you calculate and assess your waist-to-hip ratio. All you have to do is enter your waist and hip circumference to get results.

App availability

You can use the calculator for free as a PWA web app online or install it locally on any modern operating system, including Android, iOS, Windows 11/10, and macOS.

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2 Sources

  1. ⬆️ Franek E, Pais P, Basile JN, et al. 376-P: REWIND Data on Obesity and Cardiovascular (CV) Health: Waist-to-Hip Ratio (WHR) Independently Predicted CV Outcomes. Diabetes. 2021;70(Supplement_1).

  2. ⬆️ Waist Circumference and Waist-Hip Ratio.