Waist to Hip Ratio Test to Measure Risk of Coronary Artery Disease

Monday, February 19, 2018

Waist to Hip Ratio Test to Measure Risk of Coronary Artery Disease

Waist to Hip Ratio Evaluation Test. The more weight you carry in your stomach, the higher your risk for coronary artery disease (CAD). Using this test, we can predict the risk for coronary artery disease using ours size of waist to hip ratio.

Required resources
To undertake this test you will require:
• Tape measure.

How to conduct the test
The test is conducted as follows:
• Use a tape measure to measure your waist and hips in inches.
Waist to Hip Ratio Evaluation Test
Analysis
Analysis of the result is by comparing it with the results of previous tests. It is expected that, with appropriate diet and training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement.

Performance assessment
Divide your waist by your hip measurement.

High CAD risk for men is greater than 1.0 and for women, high risk is greater than 0.85.

Example
• If your waist is 36 inches and your hips are 42 inches
• 36 / 42 = 0.85
• This signifies a moderate/high risk for CAD.

Normative Data
Waist to Hip Ratio Evaluation Test Norms
derived from Heyward VH, Stolarcyzk LM: Applied Bodie Composition Assessment. Champaign IL, Human Kinetics, 1996, p82

Target group
This test is suitable for active athletes but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.

Reliability
Reliability would depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test.

Validity
There are no published tables to relate results to potential performance in competition.

Reference: Brian Mackenzie, 2005. 101 Performance Evaluation Test