Watch Dr. Barnard Discuss Waist-Hip Ratio on The Dr. Oz Show
Watch Dr. Barnard discuss the important and simple test most doctors aren't doing: waist-hip ratio. A tape measure costs pennies, but the measurements tell a great deal about health and can show risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other problems.
Watch the recorded version of this Dr. Oz episode featuring Neal Barnard M.D.
Stepping on a scale, or even checking BMI, is not always an accurate method because it fails to differentiate between muscle and fat tissue.
How do you calculate your waist hip ratio?
1) Measure your waist – just under your lowest rib.
2) Measure your hips – at the widest portion of your buttock.
3) Then divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement to get the ratio.
For women, the ratio should be less than 0.85.
For men, the ratio should be less than 1.0.