Waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) looks at the relationship between the differences in the measurements of your waist and hips. Most people store their body fat in two distinct ways, often called the "apple" and "pear" shapes. These terms refer to where you carry your weight - around your middle (apple) or around your hips (pear). It is generally accepted that, for most people, carrying extra weight around their middle increases health risks more than carrying extra weight around their hips or thighs. Overall obesity, however, is still of greater risk than body fat store locations or WHR Ratio.
1. Measure waist at the navel in men, and midway between the bottom of the ribs and the top of the hip bone in women.
2. Measure hips at the tip of the hip bone in men and at the widest point between the hips and buttocks in women.