Body Type Calculator

The Body Type Calculator can be used for females to determine "body shape" based on bust, waist, and hip (BWH) circumference measurements. Note that only the "four most common female body shapes" are calculated and are based on societal standards that were, ironically, developed around the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Note that "ideal body type" is subjective and largely arbitrary and that the calculator is not intended to be a serious indication of health or an ideal that must be met.


Bust Size
Waist Size
Hip Size
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Most common female body shapes

Apple (triangle downwards)

This body shape describes a person who has broader shoulders and bust than they do hips.

Banana, or straight (rectangular)

This body shape describes a person who typically has waist measurements that are less than 9 inches smaller than the hip or bust measurements.

Pear, spoon, or bell (triangle upwards)

This body shape describes a person who has hip measurements greater than their bust measurements.

Hourglass (triangles opposing, facing inwards)

This body shape (typically presented as the "ideal") describes a person with hip and bust measurements nearly equal in size, with a narrower waist measurement.

A study of more than 6,000 women conducted at North Carolina State University in 2005 revealed that 46% of women were banana-shaped; just over 20% were pear-shaped; just under 14% were apple-shaped; and only 8% were hourglass-shaped.


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