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Comparison of Two Waist Circumference Measurement Protocols: The SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study
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    SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study Group
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    Reports comparing waist circumference (WC) measurements from young populations are scarce.|We compared two protocols for measuring waist circumference in a sample of youth with diabetes.|Participants were enrolled in the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study (SEARCH). WC was measured at least twice by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) protocol and twice by the World Health Organization (WHO) protocol. Method-specific averages were used in these analyses.|Among 6248 participants, the mean NHANES WC (76.3 cm) was greater than the mean WHO WC (71.9 cm). Discrepancies between protocols were greater for females than males, among older participants, and in those with higher body mass index (BMI). In both sexes and four age strata, the WCs using either method were highly correlated with BMI z-score. The within-method differences between the first and second measurements were similar for the two methods.|These analyses do not provide evidence that one of these two methods is more reproducible or is a better indicator of obesity as defined by BMI z-scores.

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    1U18DP002709/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
    DP-05-069/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
    DP-10-001/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
    M01 RR000037/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/United States
    M01 RR000069/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/United States
    P30 DK057516/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS/United States
    U01 DP000244/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
    U01 DP000245/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
    U01 DP000246/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
    U01 DP000247/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
    U01 DP000248/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
    U01 DP000250/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
    U01 DP000254/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
    U18DP000247-06A1/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
    U18DP002708-01/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
    U18DP002710-01/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
    U18DP002714/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
    U48/CCU419249/PHS HHS/United States
    U48/CCU519239/PHS HHS/United States
    U48/CCU819241-3/PHS HHS/United States
    U48/CCU919219/PHS HHS/United States
    U58/CCU019235-4/PHS HHS/United States
    U58CCU919256/PHS HHS/United States
    UL1 RR026314/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/United States
    UL1 RR029882/RR/NCRR NIH HHS/United States
    UL1 TR000077/TR/NCATS NIH HHS/United States
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