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Original Research Article

Year: 2018 | Month: October | Volume: 8 | Issue: 10 | Pages: 90-94

Neck Circumference as an Indicator of Body Mass Index in Young Male and Female Adults

Davinder Kaur Dhillon1, Shyamal Koley2

1Research Scholar, Department of Physiotherapy, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar-143005, Punjab, India
2Professor and Head, Department of Physiotherapy & Dean, Faculty of Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar-143005, Punjab, India

Corresponding Author: Davinder Kaur Dhillon


Background: Neck circumference is a novel measure of assessing the body fat. Several studies have used the neck circumference as a measure of estimating the adiposity and cardiovascular risk factors. The body mass index is a general indicator of the body weight, which includes both fat-mass and fat-free mass. The objective of the present study was to find the association between the neck circumference and the body mass index.
Materials and Methods: The study was conducted on normal healthy adults aged 18-26 years. A total number of 816 subjects were selected purposively from Amritsar, India, out of which 483 were males and 333 were females. The subjects were assessed for the height, weight, body mass index and neck circumference.
Results: The results of inter-correlation matrix of the studied variables showed a significant (p<0.001) correlation of the neck circumference with body mass index in both males and females. It was also observed that the males had significantly (p<0.001) higher mean values for both the neck circumference and the body mass index than females.
Conclusion: The neck circumference is an important indicator of the body mass index which is a measure of health.

Key words: Neck circumference, body mass index, adiposity.

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