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Would you pass the WHR test?

By Marcus Santer

Would you pass this test?

B usy day today…

I’ve got 10 minutes and then I need to get Ollie ready to go see the nurse.

​​​​​​​So I better get a wriggle on.

It’s a week since his operation and she wants to check his stitches.

And I’m aware I’ve been a little slack lately at keeping in contact, so let me quickly share a lovely testimonial I got last week from Pedro, one of my Healthy Aging Digest readers:

“The Healthy Aging Pyramid book deals with topics affecting everybody. Everybody knows about exercise, nutrition, sleeping, stress, relationships, supplements, … But after reading the book you find that the most part of what you knew about those topics was wrong, mislead or in the best cases biased. HAP provides a clear mental structure of the priorities regarding health, and teaches you the basic concepts that suddenly open your mind, or better, your mind breaks free and learns what science says, which ultimately is to be critical about everything”

In his email Pedro mentions the waist to height ratio (WHR) test I include on page 58 of the Healthy Aging Pyramid (HAP) book.

It’s a very important test.


Well scientists analysed the health of 300,000 people and found your WHR was a much better predictor of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart attacks and strokes than using the traditional Body Mass Index (BMI) measure [1].

After passing the WHR test himself, Pedro couldn’t help noticing how few of the people around him would pass it. And because he has such a big heart he found this fact quite discouraging.

Here was my reply to him:

With regards to the waist to height ratio, your observation is correct. Very few people would get a pass mark. Though I do believe that changes in attitudes towards:

And managing stress effectively will make a significant improvement to a persons score.


Like you so rightly said…

Making those changes is much easier said than done.

In fact making healthy change easier is something I think about a lot.

Which is why I ranked the 7 health habits of the HAP in order of priority.


Well, it means if you want to get the maximum return on your investment of time, energy and effort, you’ll start with Habit #1 and move onto Habit #2 once you’ve mastered it and so on all the way up to the top of the HAP.

And to make mastery of the 7 habits even easier I created the HAP checklist on page 137.

It’s the result of 5 years of investigation into evidence based research on how to stack the odds of a healthier and more independent life in your favour.

The HAP checklist contains 25 questions designed to guide you through the 7 habits of the HAP in a systematic, structured and proven way.

If you don’t already own a copy of the Healthy Ageing Pyramid book – 7 Health packed habits proven to help you stay young your whole life…

Let nothing, absolutely nothing interfere with your immediate action.

Because a change for the better justifies no delay.

And you can order your copy right here.

I encourage you to take the action now that leads to staying younger and ageing better tomorrow.

Bye for now



[1] Waist-to-height ratio is a better screening tool than waist circumference and BMI for adult cardiometabolic risk factors: systematic review and meta-analysis http://www.ashwell.uk.com/images/2012%20Ashwell%20Gunn%20and%20Gibso n%20%20Ob%20Revs.pdf

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