Table 1—

Study subjects

Normal weightObeseP
n (M/F)23 (12/11)26 (14/12)
Age (years)12.5 ± 0.413.3 ± 0.4NS
Tanner
  II to III1616
  IV to V710
BMI (kg/m2)20.3 ± 0.835.2 ± 1.0<0.001
Fat mass (kg)11.2 ± 1.637.1 ± 1.7<0.001
Percent body fat22.4 ± 2.243.4 ± 1.2<0.001
Total abdominal adipose tissue (cm2)151.4 ± 30.0630.3 ± 32.4<0.001
SAT (cm2)126.6 ± 26.0542.1 ± 29.0<0.001
VAT (cm2)24.8 ± 4.288.3 ± 7.9<0.001
DHEAS (μmol/l)2.9 ± 0.44.3 ± 0.5NS
Estradiol (pmol/l)*125.9 ± 19.8275.3 ± 84.1NS
Free testosterone (nmol/l)0.23 ± 0.050.16 ± 0.03NS
  • Data are means ± SE.

  • *

    * Estradiol in females only;

  • free testosterone in males only. DHEAS, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate.