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What circumference measurements give information about disease risk?

Circumference measurements at the hip and waist can be used to estimate disease risk.  The ratio is calculated by dividing waist circumference by hip circumference.  Values higher than 0.8 for a woman and 0.95 for a man portray a higher risk level.
Additionally, waist circumference alone can be an estimation of health risk, since abdominal obesity is the contributing factor.

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