There has been considerable research that reveals that people with more weight around the waist have higher health risks than those who carry more weight around their hips.
In the U.S. 2 out of every 3 people is overweight and 1 out of 3 are outright obese. The rest of the world is showing an increase in weight problems as well. Carrying extra inches around your midsection has been consistently shown to lead to increased risks to your cardiovascular health.
Measuring your waist is an extremely powerful way to predict your insulin sensitivity as well, and this is a good predictor of your risk for developing diabetes.
Many people talk about Body Mass Index as an evaluation tool for determining if you have a weight problem, however, BMI falls short often-times because it doesn’t factor in just how muscular you are, nor does it target your intra-abdominal fat mass.
To figure out if you have a healthy waist to hip ration, you can use a measuring tape to take measurements of the circumference of your hips at the widest part of your butt, and the smallest circumference of your waist, which is usually just above your belly button.
You then divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement.
Once you have that figure, the Mayo Clinic rates it thus:
<0.85 is excellent, 0.85-0.89 is good, 0.90-0.95 is average, and = or > 0.95 means you are at risk.
For the ladies:
<0.75 is excellent, 0.75-0.79 is good, 0.80-0.86 is average, and = 0r > 0.86 is at risk.