Journal of Endocrinological Investigation

, Volume 39, Issue 9, pp 1045–1053 | Cite as

Prevalence of overweight/obesity, abdominal obesity and metabolic syndrome and atypical cardiometabolic phenotypes in the adult Romanian population: PREDATORR study

  • S. Popa
  • M. MoţaEmail author
  • A. Popa
  • E. Moţa
  • C. Serafinceanu
  • C. Guja
  • D. Catrinoiu
  • N. Hâncu
  • R. Lichiardopol
  • C. Bala
  • A. Popa
  • G. Roman
  • G. Radulian
  • R. Timar
  • B. Mihai
Original Article



The objectives were to assess the prevalence of overweight/obesity, abdominal obesity and metabolic syndrome (MetS), and to evaluate the characteristics of the metabolically unhealthy lean (MUHL) and metabolically healthy overweight/obese (MHO) phenotypes in a Romanian population-based sample from the PREDATORR study.


PREDATORR was an epidemiological study with a stratified, cross-sectional, cluster random sampling design. Participants were classified into four cardiometabolic phenotypes based on the BMI, the cut-off value being 25 kg/m2, and the presence of MetS (defined according to the Harmonization definition 2009): MUHL, MHO, metabolically healthy lean (MHL) and metabolically unhealthy overweight/obese (MUHO).


Overall, 2681 subjects aged 20–79 years were included in the analysis. The overall age and sex-adjusted prevalence of obesity was 31.90 %, overweight was 34.7 %, abdominal obesity was 73.90 % and MetS was 38.50 %. The age- and sex-adjusted prevalence of MHO phenotype was 31.60 %, while MUHL phenotype prevalence was 3.90 %. MUHL and MHO participants had a cardiometabolic profile, kidney function and CVD risk intermediary between MHL and MUHO. MUHL had higher odds of being associated with CVD risk (OR 5.8; p < 0.001), abdominal obesity, prediabetes, diabetes, hypertriglyceridemia and hypo-HDL cholesterolemia than MHL, while MHO phenotype was associated with hypo-HDL cholesterolemia (OR 3.1; p = 0.002), prediabetes (OR 2.9; p < 0.001) and abdominal obesity.


PREDATORR study showed a high prevalence of obesity/overweight, abdominal obesity and MetS in the adult Romanian population, and their association with kidney function and several cardiometabolic factors.


PREDATORR study Obesity/overweight Metabolic syndrome Metabolically unhealthy lean phenotype Metabolically healthy overweight/obesity phenotype Romania 



The authors would like to thank the 101 general practitioners (enrolled the participants and filled in the study questionnaires), CEBIS International (study feasibility, project management and statistical analysis), Prof. Dr. Cristian Băicuș (validation of the statistical analyses), Adriana Rusu and Iudit-Hajnal Filip (XPE Pharma&Science) for writing support.

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Funding source

This work was supported by the Romanian Society of Diabetes, Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases, IHS Sofmedica, Abbott, Astra Zeneca, Novo Nordisk, MSD, Servier, Novartis, Worwag Pharma.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest. The sponsors had no role in the design of the study, in the execution, interpretation of the data or the decision to submit the results.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in this study involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the Romanian National Ethics Committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Popa
    • 1
  • M. Moţa
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Popa
    • 2
  • E. Moţa
    • 1
  • C. Serafinceanu
    • 3
  • C. Guja
    • 3
  • D. Catrinoiu
    • 4
  • N. Hâncu
    • 5
  • R. Lichiardopol
    • 3
  • C. Bala
    • 5
  • A. Popa
    • 6
  • G. Roman
    • 5
  • G. Radulian
    • 3
  • R. Timar
    • 7
  • B. Mihai
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of Diabetes, Nutrition and Metabolic DiseasesUniversity of Medicine and Pharmacy CraiovaCraiovaRomania
  2. 2.Emergency Clinical Hospital CraiovaCraiovaRomania
  3. 3.University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila”BucharestRomania
  4. 4.University “Ovidius”ConstanţaConstanţaRomania
  5. 5.University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Haţieganu”Cluj-NapocaRomania
  6. 6.University OradeaOradeaRomania
  7. 7.University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Victor Babeș”TimișoaraRomania
  8. 8.University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T. Popa”IașiRomania

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