J Korean Acad Nurs.  1999 Jun;29(3):596-604.

Correlations Between Waist-Hip Ratio, Body Fat, BMI (Body Mass Index), Relative Body Weight and Serum Lipids by Men and Women

  • 1College of Nursing, Catholic University, Korea.


This study aims at examining the correlations between waist-hip ratio, body fat, BMI, relative body weight and serum lipids by men and women in 40's and 50's. The subjects were 412 adults, who had regular health examinations between January and December of 1996 at S-Hospital in Seoul. The data were analyzed using unpaired t-test and Pearson correlation coefficient. The results were as follows: 1. The group of men had higher levels in waist-hip ratio, BMI, body weight, triglyceride, total cholesterol / HDL-cholesterol ratio, LDL-cholesterol / HDL-cholesterol ratio than the group of women. The group of women had higher levels in body fat and HDL-cholesterol than the group of men. 2. In the group of men, waist-hip ratio more significantly correlated to serum lipids than body fat and BMI. In the group of women, body fat, BMI and relative body weight was more significantly correlated to serum lipids than waist-hip ratio.


Waist-hip ratio; Baby fat; BMI; Relative body weight; Serum lipids
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