Ratio of waist circumference to height is strong predictor of intra-abdominal fat

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7056.559d (Published 31 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:559
  1. Margaret Ashwell,
  2. Timothy J Cole,
  3. Adrian K Dixon
  1. Director Ashwell Associates, Ashwell, North Hertfordshire SG7 5PZ
  2. Senior scientist MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit, Cambridge CB4 1XJ
  3. Professor of radiology University Department of Radiology, Addenbrooke's Hospital, PO Box 219, Cambridge CB2 2QQ

    EDITOR,—Waist circumference1 and the ratio of waist circumference to height2 have been proposed as better indicators of the need for management of weight than the classic body mass index. The relevance of the different proxy measures is presumed to relate to their prediction of intra-abdominal fat, but a comparison has not yet been reported.

    Thirty one women and 16 men presenting for routine computed tomography had their weight, height, and waist circumference measured; all but three men and three women also had their hip circumference measured. The subjects were aged 18-73, and …

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