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Individual measurements externally validated. Validated against ISAK
Waist circumference, Hip circumference
waist circumference/hip circumference.
Waist to hip ratio is the ratio of waist circumference to hip circumference (measured horizontally at the largest circumference of the buttocks). Waist to hip ratio is a measure of fat distribution and abdominal fat.
Waist to hip ratio is used to measure risks of chronic disease and mortality. A larger waist to hip ratio indicates preferential fat storage around the waist in the form of visceral adipose tissue, which can be associated with increased disease and mortality risk.
Waist and hip circumference size are influenced by our genetics and lifestyle. Conscious and positive changes to diet and exercise can reduce our waist circumference and abdominal fat.