The prevalence of abdominal obesity is as remarkable for underweight and normal adolescent girls as overweight and obese

Acar Tek N., Şanlıer N., Macit S.

Obesity Facts, vol.8, pp.140, 2015 (SCI-Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Abstract
  • Volume: 8
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Journal Name: Obesity Facts
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.140
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: The study was carried out in order to determine the prevalence of the overall and abdominal obesity by using together body mass index (BMI) for age z-score, measurements of waist circumference and waist-toheight ratio in healthy Turkish adolescent girls. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on a total of 1112 adolescent girls aged 12 to 18 years old. Subjects were classified into four categories of BMI for age z-score (WHO, 2007 for 5–19 years old): underweight, normal, overweight and obese in accordance with the cut-off points (≤-2SDs to 1SD, –1SD to 1SD, 1SD to 2SD and ≥2SDs z-scores, respectively). Abdominal obesity was defined according to WC≥ 90th percentile for Turkish adolescent population references and WHtR ≥ 0.5. Results: The prevalence of underweight 17.4%, normal weight 68.5%, overweight 12.1% and obese 2.0% were found. A total of 16.9% subjects were found abdominal obese based on WC≥90th percentile and 10.4% based on WHtR ≥0.5. Abdominal obesity was higher based on WC than based on WHtR. When evaluated four groups in terms of abdominal obesity status, prevalence was found 6.4% and 2.6% in underweight, 14.6% and 5.8% in normal, 60.0% and 37.3% in overweight and 88.8 and 77.3% in obese group according to WC and WHtR respectively. There were statistically significant difference between four groups both WC and WHtR (p < 0.05). Both WC and WHtR was positively correlated with age r:0.332, r:0.156, p < 0.05 respectively. There were significant positive correlations between BMI values and WC measurements, WHtR in all ages.