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Can neck circumference predict obesity in accordance with body mass index

Khaleel Ahmed Manik, P P Sheela Joice, Imran A Jagadal.


Background: Obesity or overweight are the terms used for people who have a higher weight than the limits recommended for their age and sex. This has emerged as a major cause for many non-communicable diseases. Obesity is a risk factor for coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and dyslipidemias, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, hypoventilation, stoke, etc.

Aims and Objectives: The study aimed to comparison of neck circumference (NC) with body mass index (BMI) in all study subjects.

Materials and Methods: 150 subjects were studied and their NC and BMI recorded and compared.

Results: The (mean ± SD) BMI in overweight group is 23.94 ± 0.55kg/m2, in obese group is 26.81 ± 1.45 kg/m2, and in controls is 21.04 ± 1.26 kg/m2. The (mean ± SD) NC in overweight group is 35.37 ± 1.95, in obese group is 38.26 ± 3.04, and in controls is 33.65 ± 1.40. NC is significantly more in obese and overweight groups compared to controls and also in obese group compared to overweight group.

Conclusion: From the above results and discussion, we conclude that NC can be used as an alternative parameter to assess obesity.

Key words: Obesity; Neck Circumference; Body Mass Index

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