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Table 2 Prevalence (%) of obesity by body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC) and body fat percentage (BF%) in the study population by country of birth and gender.

From: Risk of obesity in immigrants compared with Swedes in two deprived neighbourhoods

Outcome Total sample Swedish Other European Middle East
  Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women
BMI:
Obese (BMI ≥ 30)
28.4 31.2 17.5 16.0 31.6 21.4 32.6 42.9
WC 1):
Abdominal obesity
25.7 39.0 25.0 30.0 26.3 50.0 25.8 42.9
BF% 2):
Obese
27.0 30.5 22.5 24.0 21.1 14.3 30.3 37.7
  1. 1) Men and women were defined as abdominally obese if their waist circumference (WC) was ≥ 102 cm (men) or ≥ 88 cm (women).
  2. 2) Body fat percentage. The definition of obesity varied by age and gender: Men: age 18–39 ≥ 25%, age 40–59 ≥ 28%, age 60–65 ≥ 30%. Women: age 20–39 ≥ 39%, age 40–59 ≥ 40%, age 60–65 ≥ 42%.