Anthropometric indicators of obesity for identifying cardiometabolic risks in a rural Bangladeshi population – Chandra Diabetes Study

Professor Akhtar Hussain’s aim of studying anthropometric indicators of obesity was to evaluate the predictive ability of body mass index, waist circumference, waist-to-hip ratio, waist-to-height ratio and body fat percentages for the presence of cardiometabolic risks—namely type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia and the metabolic syndrome. Professor Hussain’s research confirm that indices of central obesity predict better cardiometabolic risk factors than general obesity defined by BMI for both men and women and, moreover, that lower cut-off points are needed for people of South Asian origin. If accepted, a positive change in uncovering cardiovascular and metabolic disease earlier would mean an increased opportunity for better outcomes in South Asian populations.

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