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Haftenberger, M.* ; Mensink, G.B.M.* ; Vogt, S. ; Thorand, B. ; Peters, A. ; Herzog, B.* ; Hartwig, S.* ; Greiser, K.H.* ; Ittermann, T.* ; Schipf, S.* ; Völzke, H.* ; Merz, B.* ; Nöthlings, U.* ; Koch, M* ; Neamat-Allah, J.* ; Katzke, V.A.* ; Kaaks, R.* ; Boeing, H.* ; Bachlechner, U.* ; Scheidt-Nave, C.* ; Schienkiewitz, A.*

Changes in waist circumference among German adults over time - Compiling results of seven prospective cohort studies.

Obes. Facts 9, 332-343 (2016)
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Aim: This study aims to quantify longitudinal changes in waist circumference (WC) among adults aged 45-64 years in Germany. Methods: Data of 15,444 men and 17,207 women from one nationwide and six regional prospective German cohort studies were analyzed. The sex-specific mean change in WC per year of follow-up was assessed for each study separately. Findings from the cohort-by-cohort analysis were combined by applying meta-analytic methods. Progression to central obesity (WC ≥ 102 cm in men and ≥ 88 cm in women) within a standardized period of 10 years was described for each study. Results: The estimated mean change in WC per year of follow-up for all cohorts combined was 0.53 (95% confidence interval 0.29-0.76) cm/year for men and 0.63 (0.48-0.77) cm/year for women, but varied between the included studies. Within 10 years, about 20% of individuals with low WC (<94 cm in men; <80 cm in women) and about 50% of individuals with intermediate WC (94-102 cm in men; 80-88 cm in women) progressed to central obesity. Conclusion: The increase in mean WC with aging along with a profound increase of central adiposity is obviously and may have several adverse health effects. Obesity prevention programs should also focus on abdominal obesity.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
Keywords Waist circumference, Central obesity; Prospective cohort studies; Germany; Population-based; Body-fat Distribution; Risk-factors; Measurement Site; Weight Change; Population; Obesity; Accuracy; Health; Participants; Overweight
ISSN (print) / ISBN 1662-4025
e-ISSN 1662-4033
Journal Obesity Facts
Quellenangaben Volume: 9, Issue: 5, Pages: 332-343 Article Number: , Supplement: ,
Publisher Karger
Publishing Place Basel
Reviewing status Peer reviewed