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Waist circumference in the Netherlands

The Dutch population is getting more pear-shaped. In more scientific terms, the incidence of abdominal obesity is increasing. This is one of the conclusions in the RIVM report 'Measuring the Dutch population’. The waist measurements were performed in cooperation with the UtrechtUniversity Medical Centre (UMC).

Twenty-seven per cent of men in the age-range 30-70 have too much fat around their waist; that is, they have a waist circumference of 102 cm or more. In the case of women, as many as 39 per cent have a waist circumference of 88 cm or more.
Educational level has an effect on the figures: abdominal obesity occurs one and a half times more frequently in people with a low educational level than in those with higher education.
The incidence of abdominal obesity has been rising in recent years. The increase is particularly marked in women in the age-range 30-39, where the percentageĀ  affected has risen from 15 per cent in the mid-1990s to 26 per cent today.
Abdominal obesity increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. A third of the men and a quarter of the women are at risk.
Measurements in a random sample of nearly 4000 people in the age-range 30-70 were performed in 2009 and 2010 for the 'Measuring the Dutch populationā€™ study. The results were published in 2012.
The last comparable large-scale study of risk factors in a random sample of the Dutch population was the MORGEN project, which dates from 1993-1997.

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