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Waist hip ratio independently predicted death from cardiovascular and coronary heart disease in Australian men and women

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cohort study with linkage of mortality data with the National Death Index from 1989–2000 (Australian Risk Factor Prevalence Study).

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9 metropolitan centres in Australia.

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9206 age and sex stratified participants of 12 470 eligible survey respondents 20–69 years of age (mean age 43 y, 51% women) who completed a self administered questionnay about previous CHD (angina or myocardial infarction) and diabetes mellitus; had >12 hours overnight fast; and were classified as current, previous, or non-smoker.

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height, weight, waist circumference, waist hip …

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  • For correspondence: Professor T Welborn, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia.

  • Source of funding: Healthway, the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation.