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The WHR (waist-to-hip ratio) is a measure of the fat distribution in the body. It is calculated by dividing the waist circumference (in cm) by the hip circumference (in cm).
The hip circumference is measured at the point of the widest part of the hip, and the waist circumference is measured exactly in the middle between the lower edge of the ribs and the upper edge of the pelvis.
Principally, two forms of fat distribution are recognised:
There is an increased risk of heart and circulatory illness for women with a WHR of 0.85 and over and for men of 1.0 and over.