Overweight, obesity and fat distribution in 50- to 64-year-old participants in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)

M. Haftenberger, P. H. Lahmann, S. Panico, C. A. Gonzalez, J. C. Seidell, H. Boeing, M. C. Giurdanella, V. Krogh, H. B. Bueno-De-Mesquita, P. H M Peeters, G. Skeie, A. Hjartåker, M. Rodriguez, J. R. Quirós, G. Berglund, U. Janlert, K. T. Khaw, E. A. Spencer, K. Overvad, A. TjønnelandF. Clavel-Chapelon, B. Tehard, A. B. Miller, K. Klipstein-Grobusch, V. Benetou, G. Kiriazi, E. Riboli, N. Slimani

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Abstract

Objective: To describe anthropometric characteristics of participants of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). Design: A cross-sectional analysis of baseline data of a European prospective cohort study. Subjects: This analysis includes study populations from 25 centres in nine European countries. The British populations comprised both a population-based and a 'health-conscious' group. The analysis was restricted to 83 178 men and 163 851 women aged 50-64 years, this group being represented in all centres. Methods: Anthropometric examinations were undertaken by trained observers using standardised methods and included measurements of weight, height, and waist and hip circumferences. In the 'health-conscious' group (UK), anthropometric measures were predicted from self-reports. Results: Except in the 'health-conscious' group (UK) and in the French centres, mean body mass index (BMI) exceeded 25.0 kg m-2. The prevalence of obesity (BMI ≥ 30 kg m-2) varied from 8% to 40% in men, and from 5% to 53% in women, with high prevalences (>25%) in the centres from Spain, Greece, Ragusa and Naples (Italy) and the lowest prevalences (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1147-1162
Number of pages16
JournalPublic Health Nutrition
Volume5
Issue number6 B
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002

Keywords

  • Anthropometry
  • Cross-sectional study
  • EPIC study
  • Europe
  • Fat distribution
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Food Science

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