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Eur J Clin Nutr. 2004 Jul;58(7):1011-5.

Waist circumference percentiles for Canadian youth 11-18y of age.

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School of Physical and Health Education, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada. katzmarz@post.queensu.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To develop age- and sex-specific waist circumference reference data for Canadian youth.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional population survey.

SETTING:

1981 Canada Fitness Survey.

SUBJECTS:

Nationally representative sample of 3064 youth (1540 boys and 1524 girls) 11-18 y of age.

INTERVENTIONS:

Waist circumference was measured with a flexible anthropometric tape.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Smoothed and weighted 5th, 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th, and 95th waist circumference percentiles derived from LMS regression.

RESULTS:

Waist circumference increases with age in both boys and girls, and boys have higher values of waist circumference than girls at every age and percentile level.

CONCLUSIONS:

These reference data can be used to identify youth with an elevated risk of developing obesity-related disorders and can serve as a baseline for future studies of temporal trends in waist circumference.

SPONSORSHIP:

This research was funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (Grant #T4946).

PMID:
15220942
DOI:
10.1038/sj.ejcn.1601924
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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