Japan to Study Whether Women with Waist Measurements Above 80cm (31.5 in) are Obese

Japan to Study Whether Women with Waist Measurements Above 80cm (31.5 in) are Obese

The Japan Society for the Study of Obesity has begun investigating whether women with waist sizes above 80cm (31.5 in) and Body Mass Indices (BMIs) lower than 25 are obese.

Until now people with BMIs lower than 25 have not been considered obese. The study could impact the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare’s standards for diagnosing metabolic syndrome (one of whose symptoms is the collection of fat around the internal organs), one of which is a waist measurement above 85cm (33.5 in) for males or 90cm (35.4 in) for females.

As of now, people with BMIs over 25 and either “other health problems like an abnormal body fat percentage or high blood pressure” or “a waist measurement above above 85cm (33.5 in) for males or 90cm (35.4 in) for females” are diagnosed obese. However, people with sub-25 BMIs and fat collecting around their internal organs have also been indicated as more likely to suffer arteriosclerosis (the hardening of the arteries).





(2012年1月7日14時40分 読売新聞)

Explore posts in the same categories: Japan, Science, Math, Technology, Translations


You can comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.

One Comment on “Japan to Study Whether Women with Waist Measurements Above 80cm (31.5 in) are Obese”

  1. Jay Zhu Says:

    This is interesting from a medical perspective. Probably less pertinent to a country like the US where over 33.9% of the adult population is obese from the good ol’ fashion definition (BMI > 30). In fact, if you use the BMI of 25 as cut-off for overweight, a whopping 68.3% of American adults are overweight or obese. So unfortunately in the US, no one is pushing studies to expand the definition of obesity. Haha. I laugh because otherwise I would cry.

    check it out, the color-graphic of the US is terrifying:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: