De middel-heupomtrekverhouding bij Nederlandse vrouwen en het verband met zelf-gerapporteerde diabetes mellitus, hypertensie en cholecystectomie

Translated title of the contribution: Waist-to-hip ratio in Dutch women and its relationship with self-reported diabetes mellitus, hypertension and cholecystectomy

I. den Tonkelaar, J C Seidell, P.A.H. van Noord, E A Baanders-van Halewijn

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    The waist-to-hip circumference ratio is recognized as a measure of body fat distribution and as a risk indicator of premature mortality. The distribution of waist-to-hip ratio values in 12,000 Dutch women aged between 40 and 75 years is presented. In addition, the statistical associations between the waist-to-hip ratio and the degree of overweight as well as the prevalence of self-reported diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and cholecystectomy are described. The odds ratios for the prevalence of these disorders increased progressively with increasing waist-to-hip ratio. The age-adjusted odds ratios for women with a waist-to-hip ratio greater than 0.85 in comparison to those with a waist-to-hip ratio less than 0.70 were 4.8, 4.6 and 5.8 for diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and cholecystectomy respectively. The presented data on waist-to-hip ratio can, in combination with Quetelet's index, serve as a guide in the interpretation of measured waist-to-hip ratios in women between 40 and 75 years of age.

    Original languageDutch
    Pages (from-to)1900-2
    Number of pages3
    JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
    Issue number39
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Sep 1990



    • Adult
    • Aged
    • Anthropometry
    • Body Mass Index
    • Cholecystectomy
    • Diabetes Mellitus
    • Female
    • Hip
    • Humans
    • Hypertension
    • Middle Aged
    • Netherlands
    • Risk Factors
    • Comparative Study
    • English Abstract
    • Journal Article

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