Research has shown that much more than the weight of a person, it is
the shape of the body which is important in determining risks for
the development of many serious disorders such as diabetes, high
blood pressure, lipid disorders, atherosclerosis leading to heart
attacks and strokes, and many other ailments.
Research shows that people with "apple-shaped" bodies (with more
weight around the waist) face more risks than those with
"pear-shaped" bodies that carry more weight around the hips.
Are YOU an Apple or a Pear?
To determine if you have a healthy waist to hip ratio, use a
measuring tape to measure the circumference of your hips at the
widest part of your buttocks. Then measure your waist at the smaller
circumference of your natural waist, usually just above the belly
button. ( See Figure )
Recently, it has been shown that the Waist-Hip Ratio (WHR) used
along with the BMI is better in predicting risk for many of the
serious disorders such as diabetes, high blood pressure, lipid
disorders and atherosclerosis leading to heart attacks and strokes