The associations between estimates of obesity derived from anthropometric measurements (body mass index, the sum of three skin folds, and the computed percent body fat) and blood pressures were examined by multiple regression analysis in 4508 young black and white adults. The three estimates of obesity yielded similar results in regression analyses. The strength of associations between these three estimates of obesity and systolic and diastolic blood pressures did not differ in black and white subjects of either sex. All three estimates lead to the same interpretation of the relationship between obesity and systolic or diastolic blood pressure. Estimated percent body fat offered no advantage over the other indices in this context.
- Blood pressure
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