[Body fat distribution: anthropometric indicators]

Rev Med Chil. 1995 Dec;123(12):1520-4.
[Article in Spanish]


There are two types of fat distribution in obese subjects. The abdominal, superior, android or apple shaped and the gluteo-femoral, gynecoid, inferior or pear shaped. In the former, fat is accumulated in the abdomen and in the latter, in the gluteal region. The superior distribution is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases. Among anthropometric measurements of fat distribution, the ratio between waist circumference measured at the level of the navel and hip circumference, measured at the level of greater trochanters, is the best indicator. Using the cutoff points of 0.8 for women and 1 for men, it has a good correlation with visceral fat.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue*
  • Anthropometry*
  • Body Composition*
  • Female
  • Health Status Indicators*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed