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Waist circumference: a waste of time?
  1. P C E de Groot,
  2. D H Thijssen,
  3. M T E Hopman
  1. Correspondence to Dick Thijssen, Department of Physiology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, P.O. Box 9101, 6500 HB Nijmegen, the Netherlands; D.Thijssen{at}fysiol.umcn.nl

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To the editor: With great interest, we read the articles of a recent issue of Heart addressing the important role of abdominal obesity in relation to cardiovascular risk and the metabolic syndrome.1 2 The metabolic syndrome, considered the ailment of the 20th century, emerges from clustering and interactions of multiple cardiovascular risk factors affecting a large proportion of the population. The presence of the metabolic syndrome in children is of particular interest given the rapid and alarming increase in prevalence in the past …

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