How To Measure Your Hips

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In a previous article we covered how to measure your waist and discussed how useful it is to know your waist size. Similarly, hip measurements can be really useful for fitting clothes, monitoring weight changes and assessing WHR (waist-to-hip ratio). So, let's take a look at the process for measuring your hips.

Note: you'll find this process easier if you do it in front of a mirror.

Here's how to measure your hips:

  1. Remove your trousers if you're British, or your pants if you're American (or, indeed, your pants if you're British and want to get arrested in the middle of Marks and Spencers' occasion-wear section).
  2. Put your feet together
  3. Use a soft tape measure or string. No rigid metal DIY measuring tapes, unless you happen to be an ottoman.
  4. This can be emotionally challenging for some, as many of us like to pretend it doesn't exist, but now you must locate the widest point around your buttocks. Best to do this part when you're feeling self confident, and avoid it if you've just been sinking gin and tonics and looking at photos of yourself from several decades ago. Go on, the widest part of your buttocks. There, that wasn't so bad, was it?
  5. Hold the tape snugly around your skin, but resist the temptation to pull it so tightly that it divides you into two distinct sections, like a snowman.
  6. Et voila! A hip measurement.
Demonstration of how to measure your hips

Waist-to-hip ratio

Now you've got your hip measurement, pat yourself on the back (just don't dislocate your arm doing it). Using your hip measurement and your waist measurement (which you can get here) you're now able to calculate your WHR. This figure can be used to determine the distribution of fat in your body, as one measure of your overall health.

Written by Becky Kleanthous

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Last update: 27 July 2018

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