Monday, 2 December 2013

Honours Presentation: Viandina Permatahati

SPHPM student Viandina Permatahati will undertake a study called ‘Association Between BMI and Waist Circumference: Understanding the Implications for Health’ as her Honours project.
Body Mass Index, or BMI, is a common form of measuring whether or not a person is obese in many studies. However, this approach is not always accurate. For example a person with ‘normal weight obesity,’ in which they have an excess of fat mass around the abdomen but a lean body for the most part, will not be classified as risky when using BMI.

Normal weight obesity can be a risk factor for cardiometabolic disorders, but no studies so far analysed the metabolic outcomes of this weight range. Viandina will look at these outcomes, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose level, in her study. She will use waist circumference, as opposed to BMI, to determine normal weight obesity.

Obesity is the 5th leading cause of death around the world, according to the World Health Organisation. 62.8 percent of Australian adults are overweight or obese.  

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