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31/1/2014

IMIM: Measuring waist circumference would improve the detection of children and adolescents with cardiometabolic risk

IMIM: Measuring waist circumference would improve the detection of children and adolescents with cardiometabolic risk


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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.

According to Helmut Schröder, 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.”

More information:
IMIM website

Reference:
Prevalence of abdominal obesity in Spanish children and adolescents. Do we need waist circumference measurements in pediatric practice? Helmut Schröder, Lourdes Ribas, Corinna Koebnick, Anna Funtikova, Santiago F. Gomez , Montserat Fíto, Carmen Perez-Rodrigo and Lluis Serra-Majem. PlosOne.