In addition to BMI, waist circumference may be used as a screening tool to estimate weight status in relation to disease risk. A consensus statement from the International Atherosclerosis Society and International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk Working Group on Visceral Obesity also stresses the importance of waist circumference as an independent predictor of morbidity and mortality, with the full strength of waist circumference being realized after controlling for BMI.
Waist measurement cutoff depends on region. Generally, a waist circumference ≥ 80 cm for both sexes is diagnostic for abdominal obesity and correlated to obesity-related conditions.
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