Midriff measurement and mortality

David Rose in the Times Thursday 13th November writes on the value of measuring waistline and BMI in assessing excess weight.
If one has a waist measurement in the top 20 % then there is a substantial increase in mortality. In a large study ( 350,000 ) from Imperial College London, German Institute of Nutrition and elsewhere individuals aged from 25 to 79 were followed for 9.7 years and 14,723 died during this period. .
For men a waist line over 47.2 ins was associated with a doubling of death rate compared with 37.2 ins. The same is true of women ( 39.4 ins compared with 25.6 ins )
The waist to hip ratio was more sensitive ( range 0.78-1.10 for men and 0.66 to 0.98 for women ), a 0.1 increase was associated with a 34% increase in mortality for men and 24% for women.
Accumulating fat between the midriff is not good for one.
This was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine November 13th 2008.

Martin Eastwood
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