Table 2: (a) Distribution of body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference and mean BMI by BMI categories of high waist circumference in the US, England, and Taiwan. (b) High waist circumference* by BMI categories in the US, England, and Taiwan.
(a)

BMI categories (kg/m2)Waist circumference (cm)
UnderweightNormalObeseVery obeseHigh
<18.518.5–29.930–34.9≥35≥102 males; ≥88 females
N %Mean ± SD%Mean ± SD%Mean ± SD%Mean ± SD%Mean ± SD

US14901.717.3 ± 1.364.725.6 ± 2.920.332.1 ± 2.313.439.0 ± 4.465.5109.5 ± 12.5
England70710.817.4 ± 0.967.225.6 ± 2.522.032.0 ± 1.410.139.2 ± 4.555.997.5 ± 13.4
Taiwan10193.417.5 ± 0.789.424.2 ± 2.76.331.6 ± 1.30.937.2 ± 2.215.885.4 ± 9.5

(b)

BMI categories (kg/m2)USEnglandTaiwan
N % with high waistN % with high waistN % with high waist

Underweight (<18.5)200.0490.0400.0
Normal (18.5–29.9)95049.5478636.491011.1
Obese (30–34.9)29398.3150396.56078.4
Very obese (≥35)174100.065399.79100.0

High waist circumference: men ≥ 102 cm; women ≥ 88 cm.