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Piece of string can assess cardiovascular risk, study finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2434 (Published 11 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2434
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Measuring a person’s waist with a piece of string is a better predictor of cardiovascular risk than using body mass index (BMI) alone, researchers have said.

A study published at the European Congress on Obesity in Prague this week supported the finding that a person was at lower cardiovascular risk if they kept their waist measurement to less than half their height measurement.1 This could be done by personnel with minimal training and resources by …

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