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:
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