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Have a look at this very interesting article about waist-to-height ratio as a predictor of cardiometabolic risk. The article, citing a recent study, posits that the waist-to-height-ratio is a better predictor of this risk than waist circumference or Body Mass Index, two very popular measures of obesity and cardiovascular risk. The study may lead the weight loss industry to modify its method of evaluating the risks of excess weight by either incorporating waist-to-height ratio or using it as the primary measure of risk. Either way, this study offers exciting insight into ways to measure risks associated with excess weight.
Read more at Medical News Today: Waist Less Than Half Of Height Helps You Live Longer
Our take: This is a very interesting article and the study referenced is a new take on measuring risk. As a weight loss surgery practice, with a non-surgical component, we know that there is no single, perfect predictive tool. Obesity is a complicated disease that manifests itself differently in every person. By incorporating several diagnostic tests, we can get an even better picture of overall patient risk.