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This Is What Your Hip-to-Waist Ratio Says About Your Health

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This Is What Your Hip-to-Waist Ratio Says About Your Health

Like most of the discussions surrounding body image, whenever we hear people talking about the "waist-to-hip" ratio, it's usually in the context of physical attractiveness. A waist-to-hip ratio of 0.7 is considered "optimal" for women, because it's a sign of fertility. And according to evolutionary scientists, signs of fertility are what make someone appear sexually attractive, which is why studies analyzing "ideal" body types from Twiggy to Marilyn Monroe to ancient Green sculptures have frequently concluded that women revered for their bodies have all had a similar difference of 7 inches between their waist and hips, regardless of the culture or time period.What gets lost in this fixation with body image and its relation to beauty is that the waist-to-hip ratio has a practical purpose as an indicator of health. And, increasingly, studies are showing that it's quite effective in determining health risks and conditions in women. Here are some of the things the WHR reveals about a woman's health. And if you want advice on how to get rid of that stubborn, hazardous belly fat, read up on the 33 Ways To Stay Lean for Life.
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