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Title: Abdominal obesity in adolescents: Development of age-specific waist circumference cut-offs linked to adult IDF criteria
Authors: Bravo, J
Raimundo, A
Santos, D
Timón, R
Sardinha, L
Keywords: obesity
waist circumference
pediatric overweight
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: American Journal of Human Biology
Citation: Bravo, J., Raimundo, A. M., Santos, D. A., Timón, R., & Sardinha, L. B. (2017). Abdominal obesity in adolescents: Development of age‐specific waist circumference cut‐offs linked to adult IDF criteria. American Journal of Human Biology, 29(6).
Abstract: Objectives: The purpose of this study was to develop age- and sex-specific waist cir-cumference (WC) cut-off points, linked to older adolescent and adult criteria forabdominal obesity, to be applied to children in the clinical setting.Methods: A total of 16,788 adolescents aged 10 to 16 years were assessed for WC.Smoothed age and sex-specific WC curves were obtained using Cole’s LMS method.Results: Percentiles that corresponded to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF)recommendations used for older adolescents and adults (161 years old) were the97thpercentile for boys and the 87thpercentile for girls. Using these cutoffs, a total of368 boys and 1138 girls were categorized as abdominally obese, in contrast to 1654boys and 987 girls that were identified using the current IDF pediatric criteria (90thpercentile).Conclusions: We provide age- and sex-specific cut-off points that can be used toidentify abdominal obesity in adolescents. The present findings provide a tool thatcan be used in the clinical setting for the early detection and prevention of adult obe-sity. Population-specific cutoffs may be required for pediatric ages to diagnosechildren at risk.
Type: article
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