The waist and hip ratio measures fat distribution. It is quite simple to calculate your waist and hip ratio. Find a tape measure and figure out the circumference at the widest part of your hip. Then determine the waist circumference at the belly button or a bit above it. The ratio is determined by simply dividing your waist measurement by your hip measurement. In order to locate your true waist, find your hip bone on one side, and move up until locating the bones on the bottom of your rib. Split the difference and one has the spot to measure your waist. Try utilizing a mirror for ease of measurement.
First the bad news, if you have a ratio of 1.0 or greater as a male, or .85 or greater as a female then one is carrying too much weight around their mid-section. This can lead to a higher health risk dependent upon where the fat is stored. For example, if one retains a lot of fat in the stomach area versus fat around the bottom or thigh area, the chances of developing type two diabetes and even a heart problem increases. The easiest way to visualize fat distribution is by equating it with fruit. Apple shaped individuals store fat at or around the abdomen area, against pear shaped, that have excess fat around the bottom and thigh area. Ultimately, the waist to hip ratio indicates one’s mortality rate more so than the Body Mass Index (BMI) that compares an individual’s height and weight.
In general, females with a waist to hip ratio at .70 have a curvy figure but the curves tend to be less apparent when the ratio reaches between .80 and higher. A male typically has a waist to hip ratio at .90, yet in the end regardless of the gender, the ratio works for many different sized bodies. For instance, Beyoncé is heavier than Jessica Alba, yet both come in to conform at a .70 ratio. Of note, many studies have suggested that women that have a hip to waist ratio at .70 are more fertile, and thus, are sought after by males to bear their children. On the other hand, most agree it is not the weight that a male will be concerned about, but instead how the female carries it. Simply put, women ought not try and starve themselves on the next diet gadget or exercise until they drop. As for the ideal male, most envision an inverted pyramid with strong shoulders and a minimal waist line.
For those with an apple shape, take the time to make lifestyle changes by improving upon your diet while investing a bit more time on staying physically active. The calories one can burn will be of benefit along with a healthier heart, lungs, and increased circulation. Ultimately, most feel better when dressing in a way that creates symmetry and balance. Yet one should note that all that matters is how one feels about themselves. An ideal body type is important, but know that upon deciding on a life partner factors such as personality and character are equally as meaningful.