BMI and waist circumference - black and minority ethnic groups: call for evidence - effectiveness review

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has been asked by the Department of Health (DH) to develop public health guidance on Assessing body mass index and waist circumference thresholds for intervening to prevent cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and hypertension among adults from black and minority ethnic groups in the UK.  An evidence review is being conducted to address the key questions that are set out in the scope.

We would like to receive details of evidence that relates to the questions below and are outlined in the scope.

  • What are the most appropriate body mass index (BMI) cut-off points to indicate that adults from different black and minority ethnic groups living in the UK are overweight or obese and in need of public health or clinical action (for example, pharmacotherapy or bariatric surgery)?
  • What are the most appropriate cut-off points to define a high waist circumference among adults from different black and minority ethnic groups living in the UK and the need for public health or clinical action (for example, pharmacotherapy or bariatric surgery)?
  • How effective is it to use BMI and waist circumference to assess the risk of, for example, cardiovascular disease, hyperlipidaemia, hypertension and type 2 diabetes among adults from black and minority ethnic groups living in the UK?

We are interested in identifying studies that have been published since 1990 or any ongoing research that is being conducted that relates to the review questions outlined above. We are interested in evidence to aid in establishing guidance on BMI and waist circumference cut points for non-white adult populations that relate to identification of heightened risk of mortality generally and relevant health conditions linked to obesity. It is likely to be quantitative data from large-scale epidemiological studies. The studies may be published in journals, texts or monographs.

Expected outcomes

Identify evidence for anthropometric measures such as BMI and/or waist circumference and the associated risk of mortality, cardiovascular disease, hyperlipidaemia, hypertension and type 2 diabetes in adult black and minority ethnic populations.

Please note that the following material is not eligible for consideration:

  • Promotional material.
  • Unsubstantiated or non-evidence-based assertions of intervention need in black and minority ethnic groups in the UK.
  • Intervention trials unless epidemiological evidence of BMI or waist circumference associated risk in black and minority ethnic groups can be established from the data available.
  • Evidence for BMI and/or waist circumference cut points for white / Caucasian populations.
  • Evidence relating to children and young people under the age of 18 years.
  • Evidence relating to pregnant women
  • Opinion pieces
  • Forms with attachments of published material, or hard copy of published material

Published material

Please send either full reference details (which are to include author/s, title, date, journal or publication details including volume and issue number and page numbers), not a PDF/WORD attachment or hard copy, using this form by 5pm on 21 February 2012 to BMIandwaistcircumference@nice.org.uk

Unpublished material

If you are aware of trials/ongoing research relevant to our questions which are in progress please could you help us to identify that information by providing relevant information such as a link to a registered trial with the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (Clinical Trials).

If you wish to submit academic in confidence material i.e. written but not yet published, or commercial in confidence i.e. internal documentation, please could you highlight which sections are confidential by using the highlighter function in Word.

Please send using this form any relevant evidence details by 5pm on 21 February 2012 to BMIandwaistcircumference@nice.org.uk

We look forward to receiving information on this and thank you in advance for your help.

This page was last updated: 13 February 2012

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