Navigation Links
Measuring waist circumference would improve the detection of children and adolescents with cardiometabolic risk
Date:1/28/2014

Barcelona, 28th January 2014. A study led by researchers from IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute) and published in the journal Plos One concludes that including waist circumference measurements in clinical practice, together with the traditional height and weight measurements, would make it easier to detect children and adolescents with cardiometabolic risk, i.e. those with a higher predisposition to suffer from arteriosclerosis or type 2 diabetes. This study is the first of its kind in Spain on abdominal obesity in children and adolescents, one of the most important risk factors associated to this disorder, which has increased in recent years.

Researchers analysed data from 1521 Spanish children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 that participated in the ENKID study on nutrition and dietary habits and measured the proportion of abdominal obesity both in children and adolescents with a normal weight and those who were overweight. To do this they measured the waist circumference and height, known as the waist-to-height ratio, an indicator that is totally independent from age and gender, which estimates that abdominal obesity exists when the result is equal or higher than 0.5.

According to Helmut Schrder, a researcher from the research group on cardiovascular risk and nutrition at IMIM and also a member of the CIBER on Epidemiology and Public Health, "In Spain, 21.3% of children aged 6 to 11 and 14.3% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 have abdominal obesity. From the total of Spanish children with a normal weight or overweight, 7.5% of those with a normal weight had abdominal obesity, while from those overweight, 49.2% have abdominal obesity. None of them would have been identified using the traditional screening methods. The same is true for adolescents, where 1.8% have a normal weight and 44.1% are overweight and wouldn't have been detected either."

According to Llus Serra-Majem, a researcher from the Department of Clinical Science at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and a member of the CIBER on the Physiopathology of Obesity and nutrition, contrary to what may be thought, "there are people, both adults and young people, whose weight is totally normal and yet have abdominal obesity and vice-versa; people who are overweight and with fat distributed in all their body who, therefore face a lower cardiometabolic risk". Abdominal fat is important when suffering from cardiovascular or metabolic diseases at an early age and it has been seen that, when using traditional measurements, a number of children and adolescents with this cardiometabolic risk go undetected.

The epidemic of child obesity is one of the biggest challenges for health policies. Based on the results of this study, researchers believe that it is necessary to include waist circumference measurements in routine clinical practice. It is a measurement that is easy to take, with no additional costs, and would only take doctors a few minutes. This would allow a greater control of this risk group that currently goes undetected and would allow preventing future cardiometabolic events at an early age or later on in life.


'/>"/>
Contact: Marta Calsina
mcalsina@imim.es
34-933-160-680
IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute)
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Measuring the uncertainties of pandemic influenza
2. Measuring glucose without needle pricks
3. Measuring molecules with the naked eye
4. Measuring metabolism can predict Alzheimers progress with 90 percent accuracy
5. ACP recommends Stage 3 Meaningful Use focus on measuring improvements in health outcomes
6. Measuring the consequence of forest fires on public health
7. The Holistic Sanctuary Conducts Emergency Poll in the Aftermath of the Death of Cory Monteith: Measuring the Effectiveness of Conventional Drug Rehab Centers
8. Stay Heart Healthy by Measuring LDL Particle Size and Save 10% with Request A Test
9. Colorectal surgeons develop a novel tool for measuring quality and outcomes
10. Lumosity presents new data on measuring cognitive training improvements
11. Long-term testosterone treatment for men results in reduced weight and waist size
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/20/2019)... ... January 18, 2019 , ... ... its debut in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500, the world’s first, best and most ... in the franchise industry, as evidenced by the fact that Entrepreneur received more ...
(Date:1/15/2019)... ... 2019 , ... Dr. James Petros, Medical Director of Allied Pain & ... for the thriving practice, which is located at 100 W. El Camino Real in ... will offer the same comprehensive menu of pain management solutions as the other three ...
(Date:1/14/2019)... Ontario (PRWEB) , ... January 14, 2019 , ... ... of VetFolio from the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) and will be partnering ... medical courses and programs for veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary nurses/technicians, practice managers and ...
(Date:1/14/2019)... ... January 15, 2019 , ... Jeffery Nelson, ... Colorectal Diseases, Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical ... A specially designed instrument known as a suction hemorrhoid ligator is used with ...
(Date:1/14/2019)... ... January 14, 2019 , ... Dr. Kaveh Kanani D.D.S . is the head of Around ... well established general dentist has recently unveiled an inventive method of inserting dental ... a tooth is missing for an extended period of time, the jawbone that used to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/10/2019)... ... January 10, 2019 , ... ... nutrition and lifestyle solutions, will crown the U.S. winner of its annual total-body ... include: Andrea Carrara of Palm Beach, Florida; Barbara Lingle of Winterville, North Carolina; ...
(Date:1/10/2019)... ... 10, 2019 , ... Innovative Physical Therapy, a leading Physical ... at 312 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Suite 102 Baltimore, MD 21201. This ... professionals. , Dr. Bryan Morrow, CEO, has been providing high quality outpatient physical ...
(Date:1/8/2019)... ... January 08, 2019 , ... ... towards wellness-oriented lifestyles for their residents. Now the findings of a new survey ... , Conducted by the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA), the 2018 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: