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Methodological problem with comparing increases in different measures of body weight

Walls, Helen L.; Peeters, Anna; Mannan, Haider; Stevenson, Christopher


BACKGROUND A number of studies have compared proportional increases over time in waist circumference (WC) and body mass index (BMI). However this method is flawed. Here, we explain why comparisons of WC and BMI must take into account the relationship between them. We used data from two cross-sectional US surveys (NHANES 1988-94 and 2005-06), and calculated the percentage change in the average BMI and the average WC between the two surveys, comparing the results with a regression analysis of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011-05-23
Type: Journal article
Source: BMC Research Notes
DOI: 10.1186/1756-0500-4-145


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