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Thighs and thresholds

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 21 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4246
  1. Roger M Harbord, medical statistician1,
  2. Jonathan A C Sterne, professor of medical statistics and epidemiology1
  1. 1Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, Canynge Hall, Bristol BS8 2PS
  1. roger.harbord{at}

    According to the abstract of Heitmann and Frederiksen’s paper, “a threshold effect for thigh circumference was evident, with greatly increased risk of premature death below around 60 cm.”1 Table 1 shows that the median thigh circumference was around 55 cm, implying …

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