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Does waist circumference predict fat gain in children?
Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2001 Jul; 25(7):978-83.IJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The aim of this study was to identify in a group of 8-y-old prepubertal children the anthropometric parameter with the highest prediction power of overweight, measured 4 y later.

SUBJECTS

One-hundred and twelve Caucasian children (54 males, 58 females), aged 8.7+/-0.9 y, were studied.

RESULTS

An analysis of the association between relative body mass index (BMI) at follow-up (%) and some indexes of adiposity like relative BMI (%), waist circumference, subscapular and triceps skinfolds, the sum of four skinfolds and percentage fat mass measured at baseline, showed that relative BMI (relBMI) at baseline had the highest association with relBMI at follow-up (r=0.77; P<0.001); waist circumference had a slightly lower significant association with relBMI at follow-up (r=0.74; P<0.001). In a multiple regression analysis, waist circumference (adjusted for age) accounted for approximately 64% of the variation of relBMI at follow-up (P<0.001). RelBMI measured at baseline accounted for approximately 59% of the variation of relBMI at follow-up (P<0.001). Multiple logistic regression analysis included waist circumference, adjusted for age, mother's BMI and relBMI measured at baseline as independent variables in the final equation. In particular, each centimeter increase of waist circumference at the age of 8 y doubled the risk of having a relBMI greater than 120% at the age of 12 y.

CONCLUSION

The results of this study, the first which has approached this investigation in children, showed that waist circumference measured at the age of 8 y, which is simple to perform and easy to reproduce, may be a promising index to assess adiposity as well as to predict overweight at puberty.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics, University of Verona, Polyclinic, Verona, Italy. maffeis@borgoroma.univr.itNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11443495

Citation

Maffeis, C, et al. "Does Waist Circumference Predict Fat Gain in Children?" International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders : Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, vol. 25, no. 7, 2001, pp. 978-83.
Maffeis C, Grezzani A, Pietrobelli A, et al. Does waist circumference predict fat gain in children? Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2001;25(7):978-83.
Maffeis, C., Grezzani, A., Pietrobelli, A., Provera, S., & Tatò, L. (2001). Does waist circumference predict fat gain in children? International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders : Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, 25(7), 978-83.
Maffeis C, et al. Does Waist Circumference Predict Fat Gain in Children. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2001;25(7):978-83. PubMed PMID: 11443495.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Does waist circumference predict fat gain in children? AU - Maffeis,C, AU - Grezzani,A, AU - Pietrobelli,A, AU - Provera,S, AU - Tatò,L, PY - 1999/12/04/received PY - 2000/12/07/revised PY - 2001/01/23/accepted PY - 2001/7/10/pubmed PY - 2002/1/5/medline PY - 2001/7/10/entrez SP - 978 EP - 83 JF - International journal of obesity and related metabolic disorders : journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity JO - Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord VL - 25 IS - 7 N2 - OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify in a group of 8-y-old prepubertal children the anthropometric parameter with the highest prediction power of overweight, measured 4 y later. SUBJECTS: One-hundred and twelve Caucasian children (54 males, 58 females), aged 8.7+/-0.9 y, were studied. RESULTS: An analysis of the association between relative body mass index (BMI) at follow-up (%) and some indexes of adiposity like relative BMI (%), waist circumference, subscapular and triceps skinfolds, the sum of four skinfolds and percentage fat mass measured at baseline, showed that relative BMI (relBMI) at baseline had the highest association with relBMI at follow-up (r=0.77; P<0.001); waist circumference had a slightly lower significant association with relBMI at follow-up (r=0.74; P<0.001). In a multiple regression analysis, waist circumference (adjusted for age) accounted for approximately 64% of the variation of relBMI at follow-up (P<0.001). RelBMI measured at baseline accounted for approximately 59% of the variation of relBMI at follow-up (P<0.001). Multiple logistic regression analysis included waist circumference, adjusted for age, mother's BMI and relBMI measured at baseline as independent variables in the final equation. In particular, each centimeter increase of waist circumference at the age of 8 y doubled the risk of having a relBMI greater than 120% at the age of 12 y. CONCLUSION: The results of this study, the first which has approached this investigation in children, showed that waist circumference measured at the age of 8 y, which is simple to perform and easy to reproduce, may be a promising index to assess adiposity as well as to predict overweight at puberty. UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11443495/Does_waist_circumference_predict_fat_gain_in_children L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/obesityinchildren.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -