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News Release - Measuring waist circumference critical in treatment for obesity

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

(February 2019) Led by Queen’s University researcher Robert Ross (Kinesiology), 19 scientists from around the world are presenting evidence that healthcare professionals should routinely measure waist circumference, alongside body mass index (BMI), to properly assess and manage obesity-related health risk. The report, published in Nature Reviews Endocrinology, says documenting waist circumference provides an opportunity for all health care practitioners to improve patient management.

Dr. Ross and his co-authors report that clinically relevant reductions in waist circumference can be achieved by lifestyle interventions and call for health practitioners to be trained to properly measure waist circumference.


“While it is generally realized that obesity is a major public health problem, waist circumference helps identify the shape of obesity that is associated with the greatest health risk. That has important public health implications.”

“Reducing waist circumference is associated with benefits across a wide range of health outcomes independent of weight loss and helps us to identify important treatment options and other success strategies.”

- Robert Ross, Kinesiology, Queen’s University


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