Waist-To-Height Ratio To Predict Life Expectancy

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(KTVI) – Dr. Mario Morales from the SSM Weight Loss Institute at DePaul Health Center spoke with Randi Naughton about a new way doctors might be able to predict lifespan. It has to do with the ratio between your height and your weight. Some say it’s better than using the Body Mass Index (BMI).

People with the highest waist-to-height ratio, whose waistlines measured 80% of their height, lived 17 years fewer than average.

Keeping your waist circumference to less than half of your height can help prevent the onset of conditions like stroke, heart disease and diabetes and add years to life.

EXAMPLE: For a 6ft man, this would mean having a waistline smaller than 36in, while a 5ft 4in woman should have a waist size no larger than 32in.

What about kids?

Children in particular could be screened as early as five using the waist-to-height ratio to identify those at greatest risk of obesity and serious health conditions later in life.

Find out more: www.ssmhealth.com/weightloss

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.