(Closed) Help! Hip measurement confusion

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

the fullest part or widest parts should be your hip measurement. Not everyones hips are 20cm from their waist because we arent all the same height or body proportion.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Measure the widest part regardless of where it falls, otherwise you’ll end up with something too tight – you can always take it in but you can’t always let it out as easily.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Usually it’s the widest part.  Since you put this in fitness, though, I’m wondering if you’re curious just for measuring fitness/shape changing as opposed to just clothes-buying.  I think that for buying clothes that will need to fit over your hipbones, you’ll want to measure the widest part and then worry about taking them in, but if you’re trying to measure fitness goals, you can probably pick another point as long as you’re consistent about it.  After all, it would take some seriously unhealthy habits to make your bones shrink.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve never understood this either. The lower down I go the more of my butt I get so the widest part is around my butt and thighs which is obviously not my hips.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

IF IT HELPS, I THINK IT IS BASICALLY RIGHT AT YOUR BUTT. MY MEASUREMENT IS A 42 OR SOMETHING AND THAT IS A STREET SIZE 8? APPARENTLY. 12 WEDDING DRESS. SIGH, HOW DEPRESSING.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Keltaena:  Those things are pretty rough estimations of health in general and I think if your bones are protruding beyond your skin/muscle/fat/etc then it’s going to totally skew it.  So if you’re trying to measure progress over time, it’ll still be pretty valid if you pick a spot off the bone, but you’re not really going to compare to the charts either way.  If you want to know your true body fat, you can look into a more accuarate measurement using water or electricity or calipers or something.  (I have the same issue with weight and body fat… I am big boned and very muscular so what my BMI predicts body body fat % to be is way off from what it actually is.)

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Mine is at the trochanter.

To measure yourself:

Bust: measure at the nipple line (for me this is 38.5 inches)

Waist: measure where the skin creases as to bend to the side (28.5 inches for me)

Hip: where you see the widest part if you are looking dead on at a mirror. This is almost always at the trochanter. (for me, it is 39 inches)

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Here’s a visual of what I mean. And please, ladies, don’t judge the crappy picture.

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