Trends of abdominal obesity and waist circumference in premenopausal women
Rautio, Erika Kay
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The purpose of this investigation was to examine if premenopausal women in the United States had increases in abdominal obesity and waist circumference during the years 1994-2012. Utilizing data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a total of 14,707 female participants between the ages of 18-44 years were identified and their data analyzed. A single factor analysis of variance was completed to determine statistical significance. Results indicate a significant increase in waist circumference from years 1994-2012 (p < .001). The average waist circumference was 90.99 ± 16.54 cm and average weight was 72.92 ± 20.05 kg. From baseline to 1999 the largest increase in average waist circumference was observed with an increase of 3.82 cm. These findings bring to attention the importance of the problem of increasing abdominal obesity and waist circumference in the United States.