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Overweight, obesity and fat distribution in 50-to 64-year-old participants in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)

Haftenberger, M; Lahmann, PH; Panico, S; Gonzalez, CA; Seidell, JC; Boeing, H; Giurdanella, MC; Krogh, V; Bueno-de-Mesquita, H and Peeters, PHM, et al. (2002) In Public Health Nutrition 5(6B). p.1147-1162
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Objective: To describe anthropometric characteristics of participants of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). Design: A cross-sectional analysis of baseline data of a European prospective cohort study. Subjects: This analysis includes study populations from 25 centres in nine European countries. The British populations comprised both a population-based and a 'health-conscious' group. The analysis was restricted to 83 178 men and 163 851 women aged 50-64 years, this group being represented in all centres. Methods: Anthropometric examinations were undertaken by trained observers using standardised methods and included measurements of weight, height, and waist and hip circumferences. In the... (More)
Objective: To describe anthropometric characteristics of participants of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). Design: A cross-sectional analysis of baseline data of a European prospective cohort study. Subjects: This analysis includes study populations from 25 centres in nine European countries. The British populations comprised both a population-based and a 'health-conscious' group. The analysis was restricted to 83 178 men and 163 851 women aged 50-64 years, this group being represented in all centres. Methods: Anthropometric examinations were undertaken by trained observers using standardised methods and included measurements of weight, height, and waist and hip circumferences. In the 'health-conscious' group (UK), anthropometric measures were predicted from self-reports. Results: Except in the 'health-conscious' group (UK) and in the French centres, mean body mass index (BMI) exceeded 25.0 kg m(-2). The prevalence of obesity (BMI greater than or equal to 30 kg m(-2)) varied from 8% to 40% in men, and from 5% to 53% in women, with high prevalences (> 25%) in the centres from Spain, Greece, Ragusa and Naples (Italy) and the lowest prevalences (< 10%) in the French centres and the 'health-conscious' group (UK). The prevalence of a large waist circumference or a high waist-to-hip ratio was high in centres from Spain, Greece, Ragusa and Naples (Italy) and among women from centres in Germany and Bilthoven (The Netherlands). Conclusions: Anthropometric measures varied considerably within the EPIC population. These data provide a strong base for further investigation of anthropometric measures in relation to the risk of chronic diseases, especially cancer. (Less)
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1147 - 1162
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  abstract     = {Objective: To describe anthropometric characteristics of participants of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). Design: A cross-sectional analysis of baseline data of a European prospective cohort study. Subjects: This analysis includes study populations from 25 centres in nine European countries. The British populations comprised both a population-based and a 'health-conscious' group. The analysis was restricted to 83 178 men and 163 851 women aged 50-64 years, this group being represented in all centres. Methods: Anthropometric examinations were undertaken by trained observers using standardised methods and included measurements of weight, height, and waist and hip circumferences. In the 'health-conscious' group (UK), anthropometric measures were predicted from self-reports. Results: Except in the 'health-conscious' group (UK) and in the French centres, mean body mass index (BMI) exceeded 25.0 kg m(-2). The prevalence of obesity (BMI greater than or equal to 30 kg m(-2)) varied from 8% to 40% in men, and from 5% to 53% in women, with high prevalences (&gt; 25%) in the centres from Spain, Greece, Ragusa and Naples (Italy) and the lowest prevalences (&lt; 10%) in the French centres and the 'health-conscious' group (UK). The prevalence of a large waist circumference or a high waist-to-hip ratio was high in centres from Spain, Greece, Ragusa and Naples (Italy) and among women from centres in Germany and Bilthoven (The Netherlands). Conclusions: Anthropometric measures varied considerably within the EPIC population. These data provide a strong base for further investigation of anthropometric measures in relation to the risk of chronic diseases, especially cancer.},
  author       = {Haftenberger, M and Lahmann, PH and Panico, S and Gonzalez, CA and Seidell, JC and Boeing, H and Giurdanella, MC and Krogh, V and Bueno-de-Mesquita, H and Peeters, PHM and Skeie, G and Hjartaker, A and Rodriguez, M and Quiros, JR and Berglund, Göran and Janlert, U and Khaw, KT and Spencer, EA and Overvad, K and Tjonneland, A and Clavel-Chapelon, F and Tehard, B and Miller, AB and Klipstein-Grobusch, K and Benetou, V and Kiriazi, G and Riboli, E and Slimani, N},
  issn         = {1475-2727},
  keyword      = {study,Europe,cross-sedional,fat distribution,obesity,EPIC study,anthropometry},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6B},
  pages        = {1147--1162},
  publisher    = {Cambridge University Press},
  series       = {Public Health Nutrition},
  title        = {Overweight, obesity and fat distribution in 50-to 64-year-old participants in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1079/PHN2002396},
  volume       = {5},
  year         = {2002},
}