September 23, 2014
From 1999 to 2012, abdominal obesity and average waist circumference increased among US adults, according to recent study findings published in JAMA.
Earl S. Ford, MD, MPH, of the CDC, and colleagues evaluated data from seven 2-year cycles of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey starting in 1999-2000 and ending in 2011-2012 to determine average waist circumference and rates of abdominal obesity in US adults. Overall, 32,816 men and nonpregnant women aged at least 20 years were evaluated. Researchers defined abdominal obesity as >102 cm in men and >88 cm in women.