Watch Dr. Barnard Discuss Waist-Hip Ratio on The Dr. Oz Show

The Physicians Committee

Connect with Us

Make sustainable dietary changes. Sign up for the free 21 Day Vegan Kickstart. Participants receive daily messages for a step-by-step diet makeover, including recipes and nutrition webcasts. Go >

21-Day Vegan Kickstart

Vegan Success Stories

Nutrition CME: Free CME courses for health care professionals

Healthy School Lunches: Improving the food served to children in schools

Veg Run

Nutrition MD: Helping health care providers and individuals adopt healthier diets

Watch Dr. Barnard Discuss Waist-Hip Ratio on The Dr. Oz Show

On the Monday, March 3rd episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Barnard discusses 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. 

In case you missed it, 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.


Recipe of the Week: Sign up now to receive free weely recipes

Vegetarian Recipes and Recipe of the Week

Sign up for the Jan. 1 Kickstart:

21-Day Vegan Kickstart