There are three measurements of the waist that measures of central adiposity. These measurements are: Waist To Hip Ratio Waist To Height Ratio Waist Circumference Adiposity is the distribution of fat around the body. Central adiposity is the distribution of fat around the abdomen. Central adiposity is also called “apple shaped” bodies. Calculating Waist to Hip Ratio To measure the waist to hip ratio, you will need a measuring tape, pen, paper and a mirror.