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What is Waist-Hip Ratio (WHR) ?

Waist-Hip Ratio (WHR) is a better index than BMI in predicting Cardiovascular and Chronic Kidney Disease risk. The waist is measured with a tape just below the last rib and above the belly button (Umbilicus). Similarly the hip is measured at the widest bony point over pelvis.

The normal ratio is 0.7 for women and less than 0.9 (<0.9) for men. Ratios greater than 1 (>1) in men and ratios greater than 0.9 (>0.9) in women predict high risk for Cardiovascular and Chronic Kidney Disease.

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