Body Mass Index is known to many for more than 20 years. Although it gives us no reliable information many made a fortune with this. Weight loss is a big business and all wanted to earn with all possible ways.

The recent research shows that Waist-to-height-ratio (WHtR) gives more information about the risk of heart attack and stroke. It is easy to calculate. Measure your waist circumference around your navel in cm and divide this with your height in cm to get the Waist-to-height-ratio. For example, your waist circumference is 85 cm and your height is 170 cm. 85/170 = 0.5

The reference ratios are:

Below 40 years – less than 0.5
Between 40 and 50 years – between 0.5 and 0.6
Above 50 years – around 0.6

The risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes-2 is high if the ratio is higher than the reference ratios.

If you have no time for this simple calculation remember, the men must have a waist circumference below 103 cm and women below 88 cm.

Healthy food and enough physical activities help you to keep up this waist level and a normal weight. Live a healthy life to enjoy.