Body size measurements as predictors of type 2 diabetes in Aboriginal people

Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2004 Dec;28(12):1580-4. doi: 10.1038/sj.ijo.0802771.


Objective: To investigate waist circumference, waist-to-hip ratio, body mass index (BMI), weight and hip circumference as risk factors for type 2 diabetes in Aboriginal Australians.

Design: Community-based cross-sectional study.

Subjects: In total, 915 Australian Aboriginal adults (age: 18-74 y) from a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Measurements: Body size measurements included waist circumference, waist-to-hip ratio, BMI, weight and hip circumference. Diabetes status was determined according to medical history and fasting and 2-h postload plasma glucose values. Logistic regression was used to calculate odds ratio for diabetes associated with 1 standard deviation (s.d.) increase in a body size measurement. The areas under the ROC curves of five body size measurements were calculated and compared.

Results: Risk of diabetes increased with increasing levels of body size. ORs (95% CI) for diabetes with adjustment for age and sex were 2.16 (1.75, 2.66), 1.80 (1.49, 2.17), 1.41 (1.17, 1.71), 1.81 (1.51, 2.19) and 1.84 (1.50, 2.24) associated with 1 s.d. increase in waist circumference, BMI, weight, waist-to-hip ratio, and hip circumference, respectively. The area under the ROC curve for waist circumference was significantly higher than those for other measurements.

Conclusion: Waist circumference is the best body size measurement in predicting diabetes in Aboriginal people.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anthropometry
  • Body Size / ethnology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / ethnology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / etiology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander*
  • Northern Territory / epidemiology
  • Obesity / complications
  • Obesity / ethnology*
  • Obesity / pathology
  • Prevalence
  • ROC Curve
  • Waist-Hip Ratio