Waist circumference remains useful predictor of coronary heart disease

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7040.1227e (Published 11 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1227
  1. Thang S Han,
  2. Mike E J Lean,
  3. Jacob C Seidell
  1. PhD student Rank professor of human nutrition Department of Human Nutrition, University of Glasgow, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G31 2ER
  2. Head of department Department of Chronic Diseases and Environmental Epidemiology, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, Netherlands

    EDITOR,—Margaret Ashwell and colleagues1 have produced evidence from the 1992 health survey for England to support our suggestion that waist circumference is a good predictor of risk of cardiovascular disease.2 We are puzzled, however, by their suggestion that the ratio of waist circumference to height may be a better predictor of risk than waist circumference alone. In fact, …

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