Here are a few points I didn't cover or misspoke about during the talk:
- During the heart attack slide, I said the researchers split the participants up into different groups based on their weight and WHR. What I meant to say was the researchers split up the data a few times, once into fifths based on weight (heaviest 20%, second heaviest 20%, etc.), and then another time into fifths based on WHR. The rates of heart disease feature the comparison of the top group versus the bottom group.
- On the same slide, I placed the asterisk on the 44% difference between the heaviest and lightest weight groups because the difference basically disappeared when the researchers controlled for WHR as an interfering factor (confounding variable). In other words, a larger WHR is a major reason why the research showed heavier people had a greater risk of a heart attack.
- You can measure your WHR in centimeters or inches, as long as you use the same unit of measure for both spots. I prefer centimeters because they are smaller units and are the standard measure in just about every country outside the US.