Table 2

Risk of illness estimates from BMI and waist circumference (risk adapted from the NICE, 200611 predictions). Per cent of the Deaf sample in each risk category (n=288).

BMINormal waist circumferenceHigh waist circumferenceVery high waist circumference
Desirable
20–25
23%
No increased risk
6%
No increased risk
1%
Increased risk
Overweight
26–30
9%
No increased risk
13%
Increased risk
18%
High risk
Moderate obesity
31–40
1%
Increased to very high risk
2%
High to very high risk
26%
very high risk
Severe obesity
41+
2%
Very high risk
  • BMI, body mass index; NICE, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.