Separate and Combined Associations of Body-mass Index and Abdominal Adiposity with Cardiovascular Disease: Collaborative analysis of 58 prospective Studies.

The Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration.

David Wormser, Stephen Kaptoge, Emanuele Di Angelantonio and Angela M Wood

Purpose: Background Guidelines differ about the value of assessment of adiposity measures for cardiovascular disease risk prediction when information is available for other risk factors. We studied the separate and combined associations ofbody-mass index (BMI), waist circumference, and waist-to-hip ratio with risk of first-onset cardiovascular disease.

Conclusions: Interpretation BMI, waist circumference, and waist-to-hip ratio - whether assessed singly or in combination - do not importantly improve cardiovascular disease risk prediction in people.

IN PLAIN ENGLISH: One’s systolic blood pressure, propensity for diabetes and blood LDL levels more significantly influence the possibility of cardiovascular disease than BMI amount of abdominal fat.