Distribution and correlates of waist-to-hip ratio in black adults: the Pitt County Study.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A 1988 community-based survey of 1,784 black adults aged 25-50 years in Pitt County, North Carolina, found mean waist-to-hip ratios of 0.890 for men and 0.852 for women. Based on guidelines from the US Department of Agriculture, 20% of the men and 76% of the women had an elevated waist-to-hip ratio. Sedentary behavior was associated with elevated waist-to-hip ratio in men, while a similar excess was associated with alcohol consumption in women. Weak, nonsignificant associations with waist-to-hip ratio were observed for smoking. Socioeconomic status was unrelated to waist-to-hip ratio in men, but it had a strong inverse relation for women.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Keenan, NL; Strogatz, DS; James, SA; Ammerman, AS; Rice, BL

Published Date

  • March 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 135 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 678 - 684

PubMed ID

  • 1580244

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1476-6256

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9262

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/oxfordjournals.aje.a116347


  • eng