Ashwell, M., Gunn, P., & Gibson, S. (2012). Waist‐to‐height ratio is a better screening tool than waist circumference and BMI for adult cardiometabolic risk factors: systematic review and meta‐analysis. Obesity reviews, 13(3), 275-286.
Individual measurements externally validated.Validated against ISAK
Waist circumference, height (self-reported)
Height is self-reported so can be misreported by an individual accidentally or on purpose. Height prediction would be beneficial.
Waist to height ratio is the ratio of waist circumference to standing height. Waist to height ratio is a measure of fat distribution.
A larger waist to height ratio can be associated with higher levels of abdominal fat in the form of visceral adipose tissue which is linked to increased risks of chronic disease and mortality.
It is recommended to keep your waist circumference to less than half your height for improved health.