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Association between Low Birth Weight and High Adult Waist-to-Height Ratio in Non-Obese Women: A Cross-sectional Study in a Japanese Population.
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PMID:  23076258     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Low birth weight has been associated with cardiovascular diseases. The waist-to-height ratio is a good indicator of risks for these diseases. The objective of this study was to examine the associations between birth weight and adult waist-to-height ratio in a Japanese population. A cross-sectional study, comprised of 851 subjects (401 men and 450 women) aged 35-62 years who were born at full term, was conducted at a medical checkup. The subjects responded to a questionnaire about weight at birth, and data on physical characteristics were collected from the results of the medical checkup. The subjects were stratified with sex and a Body Mass Index of 25 kg/m(2) to elucidate the effects of birth weight on adult waist-to-height ratio. Analysis of covariance was used to compare the physical condition among the 4 birth weight categories. After adjusting for age, alcohol consumption, smoking status and exercise, the height was significantly lower in the birth weight < 2,500 g category among men (P < 0.001) and women (P < 0.001), while the waist-to-height ratio was significantly higher in the birth weight < 2,500 g category, compared with the > 3,500 g category in the non-obese women (P = 0.004), but not in the obese women. In conclusion, low birth weight was independently associated with a low adult height among men and women and with a high adult waist-to-height ratio among non-obese women. Our results suggest that intrauterine environmental insults might lead to accumulation of visceral fat among non-obese women.
Kiyomi Harada; Sayuki Torii; Ayako Saruwatari; Yurika Tanaka; Kaori Kitaoka; Junpei Takaaki; Wataru Aoi; Sayori Wada; Takayoshi Ohkubo; Katsuyuki Miura; Yoshiyuki Watanabe; Akane Higashi
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Tohoku journal of experimental medicine     Volume:  228     ISSN:  1349-3329     ISO Abbreviation:  Tohoku J. Exp. Med.     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417355     Medline TA:  Tohoku J Exp Med     Country:  Japan    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  205-14     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Applied Life Sciences, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Kyoto Prefectural University.
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