Waist Circumference Cutoff Points to Predict Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome, and Cardiovascular Risk in Turkish Adults

Sonmez, Alper; Bayram, Fahri; Barcin, Cem; Ozsan, Muge; Kaya, Ahmet; Gedik, Vedia
January 2013
International Journal of Endocrinology;2013, p1
Academic Journal
Objective. The waist circumference (WC) cutoff levels defined for the Caucasian people may not be representative for different ethnic groups. We determined sex specific WC cutoff points to predict obesity, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular risk in Turkish adults. Design and Methods. The demographic characteristics of 1898 adult males and 2308 nonpregnant females from 24 provinces of 7 different regions of Turkey (mean age 47 ± 14 yrs) were evaluated. Results. The WC levels of 90cm and 100cm define overweight and obese males while the levels of 80 cm and 90 cm define overweight and obese females. With these cutoff values, 239 additional males (12.6%) are diagnosed as overweight and 148 additional males (7.8%) as obese. Instead, 120 females (5.1%) are free of being labeled as obese. Conclusions. This is the first nationwide study to show the action levels of WC for overweight and obese Turkish adults. The ideal cutoff levels of WC to predict metabolic syndrome are 90 cm and 80 cm for Turkish adult men and women, respectively. These values are easy to implement and suggested to be used by the physicians dealing with cardiometabolic disorders in Turkey.


Related Articles

  • Body mass index and waist circumference in midchildhood and adverse cardiovascular disease risk clustering in adolescence.  // American Journal of Clinical Nutrition;Sep2007, Vol. 86 Issue 3, p549 

    The article presents a study which investigates whether waist circumference in midchildhood is more effective at prediction of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk clustering in adolescence than body mass index (BMI). Topics discussed include anthropometric measurements, association between...

  • Considering the effect of sleep disorders on the relation between obesity and cardiometabolic risk. Polesel, Daniel Ninello; Tieme Nozoe, Karen; Tufik, Sergio; Levy Andersen, Monica; Liu, Alice; Reaven, Gerald M.; Abbasi, Fahim // American Journal of Clinical Nutrition;Dec2013, Vol. 98 Issue 6, p1592 

    A letter to the editor is presented in response to the article "Cardiometabolic Risk Factors and Obesity: Does It Matter Whether BMI or Waist Circumference is the Index of Obesity?," by F. Abbasi et al, published in a previous issue.

  • METABOLIC SYNDROME. Rosenthal, Marie // Managed Healthcare Executive;Aug2013, Vol. 23 Issue 8, p20 

    The article discusses metabolic syndrome (MetS), a term used in describing patients with a combination of at least three of the conditions that place them at risk for diabetes, heart attack and stroke. According to the author, the most concerning is central abdominal obesity risk factor as...

  • Evaluación de la distribución de los criterios diagnósticos para síndrome metabólico, en Pereira, Colombia. Pinzón Duque, Oscar Alonso; Sánchez Naranjo, Julio César; Sepúlveda Arias, Juan Carlos; Rivera Salazar, María Elena // Investigaciones ANDINA;sep2013-abr2014, Vol. 15 Issue 27, p736 

    Introduction: the metabolic syndrome (MS) is a cluster of multiple cardiovascular risk factors which has become epidemic around the world. Objective: compare the currently accepted MS diagnosis criteria among patients with MS (SM), first-degree healthy relatives (FS) and healthy controls (S) in...

  • PREVALENCE OF FACTORS ASSOCIATED TO METABOLIC SYNDROME IN A COHORT OF CHILDREN IN SOUTH BRAZIL. Borges Pretto, Alessandra Doumid; Correa Kaufmann, Cristina; Ferreira Dutra, Gisele; Pinto Albemaz, Elaine; Pinto Albernaz, Elaine // Nutricion Hospitalaria;jul2015, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p118 

    Introduction: the Metabolic Syndrome is a group of disorders and it has gaining importance due to its association with the subsequent development of cardiovascular diseases.Objectives: to determine the prevalence of risk factors associated to the metabolic syndrome in...

  • Psychological Recovery in the Metabolic Syndrome in the Context of Antioxidant Therapy -Case Presentation. AVRAM, Gică; DUMITRESCU, Ana-Maria; WELDON, Richard; BOTEZ, Corneliu; GHIURU, Rodica // Annals of Philosophy, Social & Human Disciplines;2015, Vol. 1, p105 

    Representing a major medical issue, especially in industrialized countries, the metabolic syndrome (MetS) consists of a complex association of the most dangerous metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors according to the International Diabetes Federation: diabetes and prediabetes, abdominal...

  • Prevalence of obesity and associated cardiovascular risk: the DARIOS study. Javier Félix-Redondo, Francisco; Grau, María; Baena-Díez, José Miguel; Dégano, Irene R.; de León, Antonio Cabrera; Guembe, Maria Jesús; Alzamora, María Teresa; Vega-Alonso, Tomás; Robles, Nicolás R.; Ortiz, Honorato; Rigo, Fernando; Mayoral-Sanchez, Eduardo; Tormo, Maria José; Segura-Fragoso, Antonio; Fernández-Bergés, Daniel // BMC Public Health;2013, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p1 

    Background: To estimate the prevalence of overweight and obesity in the Spanish population as measured with body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC) and waist to height ratio (WHtR) and to determine the associated cardiovascular risk factors. Methods: Pooled analysis with individual data...

  • Gender Differences in Obesogenic Behaviour, Socioeconomic and Metabolic Factors in a Population-based Sample of Iranians: The IHHP Study. Tavassoli, Ali Akbar; Gharipour, Mojgan; Khosravi, Alireza; Kelishadi, Roya; Siadat, Zahra Dana; Bahonar, Ahmad; Sadri, Gholam Hosein; Sadeghi, Masoumeh; Rabiei, Katayoun; Sajjadi, Firouzeh; Zarfeshani, Sonia; Eshrati, Babak; Shirani, Shahin; Sarrafzadegan, Nizal // Journal of Health, Population & Nutrition;Dec2010, Vol. 28 Issue 6, p602 

    This study investigated the gender differences in association of some behavioural and socioeconomic factors with obesity indices in a population-based sample of 12,514 Iranian adults. The mean body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), and the waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) were significantly...

  • An Inter-State Comparison of Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Germany. Stang, Andreas; Stang, Maximilian // Deutsches Aerzteblatt International;8/4/2014, Vol. 111 Issue 31/32, p530 

    Background: For years, the state of Saxony-Anhalt has had one of the highest mortality rates from ischemic heart disease among all federal states in Germany. In this article, we provide an overview of the prevalence of known risk factors for ischemic heart disease across the German states and...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics