Syn: abdominal obesity, android obesity. Obesity characterized by increased waist circumference and ratio of waist to hips, and increased skinfold thickness of hips. This form of obesity often signifies excess intraabdominal fat and is associated with hypertension and an increased risk of non-insulin-dependent diabetes, coronary heart disease, and stroke. It may also be associated with antiretroviral treatment for AIDS. These outcomes are only weakly and inconsistently associated with obesity that is more evenly and peripherally distributed.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.