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Volume 14
Issue 3
Online publication date 2013-11-14
Title Waist circumference percentiles in a nationally representative sample of 7-18 year old Uzbek children and adolescents
Author Shakhnoza Azimova, Gulnara Rakhimova
Abstract Today obesity is a global epidemic and children are the worst affected. Waist circumference (WC), waist-hip ratio (WHR) and waist-to-height ratio (WHTR) are the anthropometric indices characterizing central obesity in children, but WC measurement in children is not a routine practice. In the International Diabetes Federation recommendations WC value is offered as a criterion for the metabolic syndrome diagnosis in children instead of body mass index. The work was initiated to determine age- and sex-specific WC reference values in 7-18 year old Uzbek children and adolescents, residents of Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan.
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Keywords Obesity, percentiles, waist circumference, waist-to-height ratio
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