Call for doctors to routinely measure waist circumference

An international consensus statement says BMI is insufficient to manage the cardiometabolic risk associated with increase adiposity

Waist circumference should become a routine vital sign in clinical practice as it better predicts obesity-related outcomes than BMI, says an international consensus statement.

Tape measure

The International Atherosclerosis Society and the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk Working Group on Visceral Obesity say the evidence on BMI shows it is insufficient to assess, evaluate or manage the cardiometabolic risk associated with increased adiposity.

Whereas waist circumference is