Fat Distribution

In addition to BMI, it is helpful to know your waist-to-hip ratio (WHR). This ratio determines your pattern of fat distribution, i.e., where you store body fat. The formula for calculating waist-to-hip ratio is:

Worksheet 1-4. Calculate Your Waist-to-Hip Ratio

Your WHR =

Your WHR =

waist circumference (inches) hip circumference (inches)

ratio ratio

Standards for Waist-to-Hip Ratios

Men:

Ratios greater than those listed above indicate a tendency toward central (torso) obesity. People who store excess fat in their mid-sections are at increased risk for heart disease and diabetes.

In the following chapters you will learn sound nutritional practices and ways to enhance your physical performance. Importantly, you will see how good nutrition and a balanced exercise program together influence your physical fitness, military readiness, and ultimately your overall health.

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