NICE's recent guidelines on "the size of your waist" unfairly penalizes shorter people

Alan M Nevill, Michael J Duncan, Tony Myers

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    The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has just released its latest guidelines to assess and predict health risk, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular disease. Their latest advice is "Keep the size of your waist to less than half of your height". We believe this advice is flawed and will seriously and unfairly penalize shorter people and lull taller people into a false sense of security. In this short communication, we provide this evidence. We consider this a serious oversight by NICE and feel strongly that this evidence needs to be made available in the public domain. [Abstract copyright: Copyright © 2022 Asia Oceania Association for the Study of Obesity. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.]
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)277-280
    Number of pages4
    JournalObesity research & clinical practice
    Issue number4
    Early online date9 Aug 2022
    Publication statusPublished - 2022


    • Chi-square tests of independence
    • Cut-off points
    • Waist “independent-of-height” ratio
    • Chi-square tests for linear trend


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