What’s the Best Weight for You?

Finding out your waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) can also shed some light on your health. Here’s how to do it: Grab some flexible measuring tape and measure the circumference of your waist (at the smallest part of your torso, usually just above your belly button), and then measure the circumference of your hips (at its largest part around the buttocks). Next, divide your waist number by your hip measurement. You can find out what your waist-to-hip ratio is here. To give you an idea of how your number stacks up: The ideal WHR ratio is between 0.65 and 0.75. Having a waist-to-hip ratio that’s greater than 0.75 is associated with a higher risk of health problems, including type 2 diabetes. If these tools show that you’re in the overweight or obese range, talk with your primary care physician about setting a realistic weight loss goal, such as losing 1 or 2 pounds per week

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