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Measure: Waist Circumference   #021600


Waist circumference is a measurement to estimate the abdominal circumference.


The measure of waist circumference is an indirect measure of abdominal fatness (central obesity), and a large waist circumference is associated with increased risk for diseases such as types 1 and 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. It is often used in conjunction with hip circumference to calculate the waist-to-hip ratio.



Anthropometrics, abdominal obesity, obesity, weight, girth, waist-to-hip ratio, WHR, waist-to-height ratio, WtHR, metabolic syndrome, NHANES, NCFS

Measure Release Date: October 1, 2015

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