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Less waste on waist measurements: Determination of optimal waist circumference measurement site to predict visceral adipose tissue in postmenopausal women with obesity

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Seimon, RV and Wild-Taylor, AL and Gibson, AA and Harper, C and McClintock, S and Fernando, HA and Hsu, MSH and da Luz, FQ and Keating, SE and Johnson, NA and Grieve, SM and Markovic, TP and Caterson, ID and Byrne, NM and Sainsbury, A, Less waste on waist measurements: Determination of optimal waist circumference measurement site to predict visceral adipose tissue in postmenopausal women with obesity, Nutrients, 10, (2) ISSN 2072-6643 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/nu10020239

Abstract

With obesity being a leading cause of preventable death, it is vital to understand how best to identify individuals with greater risk of metabolic disease, especially those with high visceral adipose tissue (VAT). This study aimed to determine whether three commonly used waist circumference (WC) measurement sites could provide accurate estimations of VAT, as determined by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which is a gold standard for measuring VAT, in postmenopausal women with obesity. VAT volume was measured by MRI of the total abdomen in 97 women aged 57.7 ± 0.4 years (mean ± SEM), mean body mass index 34.5 ± 0.2 kg/m2. WC was measured at the midpoint between the lowest rib and the iliac crest (WCmid), the narrowest point of the torso (WCnarrow), and at the level of the umbilicus (WCumbilicus). WC differed significantly according to measurement site, with WCnarrow (102.1 ± 0.7 cm) < WCmid (108.3 ± 0.7 cm) < WCumbilicus (115.7 ± 0.8 cm) (p < 0.001). WCmid, WCnarrow and WCumbilicus were all significantly correlated with VAT, as measured by MRI (r = 0.581, 0.563 and 0.390, respectively; p < 0.001 for all), but the relationships between WCmid or WCnarrowand VAT determined by MRI were stronger than for WCumbilicus. Measurement of either WCmid or WCnarrow provides valid estimates of VAT in postmenopausal women with obesity, with WCnarrow being favoured in light of its greater ease and speed of measurement in this population.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:magnetic resonance imaging, obesity, visceral adipose tissue, waist circumference
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nutrition and Dietetics
Research Field:Public Nutrition Intervention
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Women's Health
UTAS Author:Byrne, NM (Professor Nuala Byrne)
ID Code:128467
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-09-24
Last Modified:2018-12-10
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