Evaluating CMR

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Waist Circumference

Association Between Waist Circumference and Intra-abdominal Fat

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Age is another factor that greatly influences the amount of intra-abdominal fat for a given waist circumference. An older man (>50 years of age) with a waist circumference of 102 cm would be expected to have 70% more intra-abdominal fat than a 25 year old man with the same waist circumference, and 140% more intra-abdominal fat than a 25 year old woman (29) (Figure 4). However, how these differences translate into specific waist circumference cut-offs for various populations is unclear.

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29. Kuk JL, Lee S, Heymsfield SB, et al. Waist circumference and abdominal adipose tissue distribution: influence of age and sex. Am J Clin Nutr 2005; 81: 1330-4.