Waist-Hip Ratio Tops BMI and Waist Alone for Predicting Atherosclerosis

August 13, 2007

DALLAS -- For assessing obesity's impact on atherosclerosis risk, the waist-to-hip ratio tops body mass index and waist circumference, investigators here found.

DALLAS, Aug. 13 -- For assessing obesity's impact on atherosclerosis risk, the waist-to-hip ratio tops body mass index and waist circumference, investigators here found.

With a high waist-hip-ratio, there was a significantly greater level of coronary artery calcium (an atherosclerosis surrogate) in men and women than a high BMI (P

Analysis of prevalent coronary calcium by obesity category demonstrated a J-shaped association with BMI, whereas prevalence increased in a stepwise fashion across quintiles of waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio (P