Waist-to-Height Ratio and Obesity in Chinese

  • Che-Yi Chou
  • Zhiguo Mao


Obesity is defined as a disease by the World Health Organization (WHO) and it increases the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, dyslipidemia, chronic kidney disease, and some cancers. China, with a total population that accounts for one-fifth of the global population, is the world’s most populous country and the largest developing country. China was once considered to have one of the leanest populations however, it has had an increasing prevalence of obesity over the past two decades because of an increase in family income, availability of food, and changes of lifestyle. In this chapter, we summarised recent researches regarding waist-height ratio and obesity focused on the optimal cut-off for obesity, ethnic differences, gender differences and the correlation to chronic disease.


Body Mass Index Chronic Kidney Disease Waist Circumference Central Obesity Height Ratio 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kidney Institute of CPLA, Division of Nephrology, Changzheng HospitalSecond Military Medical UniversityShanghaiChina

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