Correlation of anthropometry with CT in Mexican-American women

Colleen Keller, Kedar Chintapalli, Jack Lancaster

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Measurement of regional fat has commonly been accomplished by extrapolation from anthropometric measures. Recent studies of White and Black women have demonstrated differences in intra-abdominal fat, using computerized tomographic (CT) techniques. These same estimates were computed for 48 Mexican American women who were undergoing CT for diagnostic purposes. Waist-hip ratios, waist-thigh ratios, and sagittal diameter index were also calculated. Four (7mm) CT slices between L - 4 and L - 5 were analyzed with imaging software. The volume of both subcutaneous and visceral fat was estimated. Like other minority women, Mexican American women had less intra-abdominal fat than subcutaneous fat, which is important because of the association of excess intra-abdominal fat with cardiovascular risk. Intra-abdominal fat volume was significantly predicted by only one variable, sagittal abdominal diameter, while subcutaneous fat volume was predicted by hip and thigh circumferences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-153
Number of pages9
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1999


  • Anthropometry
  • Computerized tomography
  • Mexican American women
  • Regional fat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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