How is obesity characterized in insulin resistance?

Updated: Aug 07, 2019
  • Author: Samuel T Olatunbosun, MD, FACP, FACE; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Central obesity, not peripherally distributed fat, is a strong marker of insulin resistance syndrome. Waist or waist-to-hip ratio, height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) may indicate insulin resistance syndrome. This notion was supported by an Argentinian study that found waist circumference and BMI to be the anthropometric indexes that best correlate with the presence of insulin resistance. [42]

The Argentinian investigators examined the association between insulin resistance and the following indexes: waist circumference, BMI, waist circumference/height, weight/(sitting height)(2), and waist circumference/sitting height of 625 children, 91 of whom were overweight and another 96 of whom were classified as obese.


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