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Waist Circumference a Better CVD Forecaster Than BMI


Dec 1, 2002

The circumference of your waist better forecasts the likelihood of cardiovascular disease (CVD) factors than your body mass index (BMI) does, according to Columbia University researchers.

The study divided 9,019 male and female Caucasian participants into two groups according to the presence of obesity-associated risk factors: low HDL ("good") cholesterol, high LDL ("bad") cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood-glucose levels.

The cutoff values for CVD risk were a waist circumference of 35 inches for men and 33 inches for women. To minimize CVD risk, the researchers recommend advising patients with waist circumferences at these thresholds to lose weight.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, October 2002

Clinical adviser's note: The August 2002 recommendations of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) also included waist circumference measure as a risk factor for Insulin Resistance Syndrome, which is closely linked to cardiovascular disease. The AACE guidelines differ from the research report described here, citing increased risk with a waist circumference greater than 40 inches in men and greater than 35 inches in women.


Categories: Heart Care & Heart Disease, Insulin, Losing weight, Weight Loss



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Posted by Anonymous on 10 January 2009

The junk science just keeps on coming first BMI which is 100% horse sh-- since it does not take in account body type or health and now this which is even dumber.
The only number that indicates obesity is body fat content but if the person has a lot of muscle even this can be a variable number.
I'd love to see one of these quack doctors call a body builder or a strong man obese because according the BMI they are.
News flash there is no little magic number that can predict health.
Yes anyone who believes in BMI is a quack because it's junk science from the 1870s and needs to be put back in the rubbish bin.


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