2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Relationship of Waist and Hip Circumference to Predicted Aerobic Capacity in College Men and Women
Kathryn E. Harvey* and Torri A. Gray
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the correlations of waist and hip circumferences to absolute and relative predicted aerobic capacity. College men (n = 100) and women (n = 96) volunteered to be assessed for waist and hip circumference, BMI, and skinfold-predicted %fat and lean body mass (LBM). Subsequently, each subject performed an Astrand submaximal ergometer predicted VO2max test. In men, body mass, BMI, and LBM were significantly and positively correlated with absolute VO2max but negatively correlated with relative VO2max. Neither waist nor hip circumference or the W:H ratio was significantly correlated with either aerobic capacity. In women, all measures, except W:H ratio, were significantly and positively correlated with absolute VO2max, and negatively correlated with relative VO2max. While the W:H ratio was not a significant predictor of absolute or relative VO2max, hip circumference was significantly negatively correlated with relative VO2max in both genders.

Keywords: Absolute VO2, Relative VO2, BMI, W:H Ratio, Skinfold, hip circumference, % fat, Aerobic Capacity

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 9-9
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 4:30

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