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Sparkpeople's Waist to Hip Ratio Solved a Mystery!

Sunday, October 04, 2015

I took the time to enter ALL my Sparkpeople measurements last week. I was inspired by fellow Sparkers who were talking about non-scale measurements of success. We are all going to hit that plateau. I figure when that happens for me I can savor re-measuring and enjoying that my inches have gone down.

But what in blue blazes is Waist to Hip Ratio? I mean, I understand mathematically how to calculate it. As a matter of fact my Sparkpeople history says I've provided that ratio in the past. But WHY is it a measurement?

I found out something interesting. Based on my waist to hip ratio, I am a pear shape. Did you know that ratio is one of the things that can tell you if you're pear or apple shaped? Neither did I. With my tummy I've always assumed I am apple shaped. Nope! Not the case! This pear shape, according to the site where I looked it up, "puts [me] at reduced risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes and stroke."

Here's the site where I entered the data:
www.healthstatus.com/cal
culate/waist-to-hip-ratio


So the waist to hip ratio is a measurement of health and potentially a risk indicator. I had no idea. Maybe I'm the only one but this was a revelation to me. I'm glad I didn't just toss in my number again this time.

EDIT: Many thanks to AUTHENTICALLYME's comment below where we get the link (that I missed) right in Sparkpeople explaining this. Here's the comment for your convenience:

"On the Weigh-In and Other Measurements page, you can get to the SP Waist to Hip Ratio calculator by clicking "Info" next to the Weight / Measurements heading (the URL is in the article, which you get "points for reading"). Shortcut URL is: www.sparkpeople.com/reso
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  • no profile photo CD15668940
    From what I've read elsewhere, the waist to hip ratio is a better indicator of our health than the BMI although I like the index for knowing what range I'm in, weightwise. And thanks for the reminder about measurements. I've been wanting to take mine for weeks and keep forgetting but I'm doing that right after this. Thanks... and thank you for the welcome. We've done it before.. we most certainly can do it again but with knowledge and experience at our side.
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    2078 days ago
  • TSHAIGOOD
    I haven't taken the time to complete that page...but I will now!

    thanks...trish
    2078 days ago
  • DANCINCAJUN1
    good to know .. thank you..roc
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    2079 days ago
  • TIZSLIM
    I always thought I was pear shaped but when I originally did my waist to hip ratio, got told I was apple shaped. Now I've lost some of the weight I'm apparently pear shaped which obviously is good.
    2079 days ago
  • BRANDI1809
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  • CHERALA
    Oh my gosh... measurements are so important... IMO far moreso than weight. While my weight tends to fluctuate through the day, my measurements do not.

    Yes to you for choosing to highlight and celebrate your NSVs!
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    BTW: On the Weigh-In and Other Measurements page, you can get to the SP Waist to Hip Ratio calculator by clicking "Info" next to the Weight / Measurements heading (the URL is in the article, which you get "points for reading"). Shortcut URL is: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource
    /calculator_waist.asp
    2079 days ago
  • NUTRON3
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  • BETRHO48
    Thanks for sharing. This is good to know.
    2079 days ago
  • 1BOOMBALATTY
    Good to know
    2079 days ago
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