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Waist Circumference Classification

Learn more about waist circumference classification for overweight and obesity.

In this article, you will learn more about waist circumference classification for overweight and obese individuals.

Waist Circumference Classification

Another commonly used classification system for overweight and obesity is waist circumference. This measure takes into account regional fat distribution in the waist region. Due to genetic differences influencing height and build, different cut-off points for waist circumference definitions of overweight and obesity are likely to be considered relevant for different populations. The World Health Organization developed the following waist classifications for Caucasian adults.

Increased risk of metabolic complications; Men 94 cm or more. Women 80 cm or more. Substantially increased risk of metabolic complications; Men 102 cm or more. Women 88 cm or more.

Figure. National Health and Medical Research Council classifications of metabolic risk classified by waist circumference, modified from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.2

Waist Circumference is a debated measure, can you think of any reasons why focusing on waist circumference may be a flawed approach?


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