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How big are 55 inch hips? Too big?

In many cases, having large hips isn't bad for you. But 55 inch hips are just too big to be healthy.
Written By  Brianna Martin
Last Updated on 2nd July 2022
A woman who clearly has 55 inch hips

One thing's for sure; if you have 55 inch hips, then you definitely don't have an average hip circumference. Indeed, 55" hips are around 15 inches bigger than normal for a US adult.

Knowing this, how does having 55 in hips affect your body?

In the following article, you'll learn how having a 55 inch butt affects your health and how you can successfully slim your 55 inch hips.

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How big are 55 inch hips?

A woman with 55 inch hips at the gym

Statistically, 55 inch hips are 15 inches bigger than normal for an adult woman and 16 inches bigger than usual for an adult man. This is based on anthropometric data that measured thousands of US adults.

Now, just because 55" hips are much bigger than average doesn't mean that there aren't still plenty of people who do have 55 in hips. Indeed, an increasing number of people are becoming obese, which is evident in the concurrent increase of people's various circumference measurements—including the hips.

As for how big 55 inch hips really are—or how big they actually look—that depends on the size of your waist or, more specifically, the size difference between your waist and hips.

The smaller that your waist is, the larger your 55 inch hips will look. This is because a narrow waist accentuates the hips.

Of course, anyone with 55" hips very likely has a thick waist as well, meaning that they'll probably have a very high waist-to-hip ratio, which is definitely bad for your health.

What does having 55 inch hips mean for your body?

An obese woman holding her chest

It's often said that having large hips in and of itself isn't the problem. The issue is that really big hips are almost always accompanied by excess belly fat. And you know what that means?

Dangerous levels of visceral fat around your internal organs. 

Also called intra-abdominal fat, visceral fat can lead to various chronic conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.

So, while you can definitely be satisfied with your appearance while not being particularly slim, you simply can't enjoy your best health (or anything close to it) while walking around with 55 inch hips. It's just not possible.

How can you reduce your 55" hips naturally?

A woman with a 55 inch butt working out

You can reduce your 55 inch hip size by a combination of calorie restriction and exercise. But if that sounds intimidating, don't worry.

Exercise can be as simple as walking, and there are loads of ways to make walking fun (listening to music, walking in nice areas, walking with a friend or a group).

Additionally, when you exercise regularly, you naturally burn more calories, meaning that you won't have to massively restrict your calories in order to lose weight—a moderate calorie deficit of around 500 calories per day will do the job.

Also, since you might actually have a decent amount of muscle mass around your hips and thighs, it could be a good idea to take advantage of your physical strength by lifting weights.

By doing resistance training exercises such as split squats, hip thrusts, and hip abductions, you'll actually firm up your hips and thighs by gaining lean muscle mass.

Then, once you shed some fat—to make your muscles more visible—you'll be able to unveil a strong yet toned physique thanks to your weight training efforts.

What size are 55 inch hips?

An overweight woman showing that she has a 55 inch butt

What size are 55 inch hips? It depends on the brand of clothing and also on the type of garment, but, in many cases, 55 inch hips will be equal to a women's 4XL, which works out at a US size 26-28.

Conclusion: Why is having 55 in hips bad for your health?

A man who has a 55 inch hip size

Having 55 inch hips is bad for your health because having hips that size almost guarantees having too much visceral fat as well. So, rather than focusing on slimming your 55 inch butt specifically, you should try to lose weight in general so that you can bring your body weight down to a healthy level.

If you tend to store a lot of stubborn fat on your hips, then you might find that other areas of your body, such as your waist, lose fat much easier than your hips.

Brianna Martin
Brianna Martin has worked in health and wellness media for more than 8 years. She uses her organisational skills and passion for fitness to organise our team of content creators. As a former track and field athlete, Bri still hits the gym hard 5 times a week to maintain her flexibility and athleticism.
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