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Authors

  1. Ashwell, Margaret OBE, PhD, RPHNutr

Abstract

The benefits and limitations of anthropometric measures (weight and shape) to assess the health risks of obesity are discussed. They include the body mass index, the waist-to-hip ratio, the waist circumference (WC), and the waist-to-height ratio (WHtR).

 

The use of WHtR, a proxy for central obesity and shape, could be an important new public health screening tool that can be used for all adults and children older than 5 years, in all ethnic groups. Use of a boundary value of WHtR 0.5 to denote increased risk converts into a simple message: "Keep your waist circumference to less than half your height."