Table 1—

Prevalence* of central obesity by ethnic group and sex

NCEP ATP III waist circumference
Asian waist circumference
MenWomenMenWomen
Ethnic group
 Chinese3.7 (3.0–4.7)6.9 (5.9–8.2)26.2 (24.2–18.2)21.0 (19.3–23.0)
 Malay4.8 (2.9–7.8)22.0 (17.6–27.0)29.8 (24.9–35.2)43.2 (37.7–48.9)
 Indian8.6 (5.3–13.6)25.5 (19.5–32.6)41.4 (34.5–48.7)53.8 (46.2–61.2)
  • Data are % (95% CI).

  • *

    * Prevalence standardized to 1998 Singapore population, weighted for age, sex, and ethnic distribution;

  • NCEP ATP III waist circumference cutoffs: >102 cm in men, >88 cm in women;

  • Asian waist circumference cutoffs: >90 cm in men, >80 cm in women.