We will present our latest findings from the Women's Health Initiative, a large, prospective cohort of postmenopausal women, on the associations of dietary factors (e.g., fried foods) and body shape (e.g., normal weight central obesity) with risk of death from all causes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. In summary, we found that women who consumed fried foods ≥1 serving/day had 11% higher risk of all-cause mortality compared with women who did not consume fried foods.
We also found that women with normal weight central obesity had 34% higher risk of all-cause mortality than women who were overweight but with a normal waist-to-hip ratio. These findings provided evidence for registered dietitian nutritionists, and other health professionals to inform their consultation with clients on healthier lifestyles.
- Define the current knowledge and challenges in identifying major risk factors of death from all-causes, cardiovascular disease and cancer
- Identify dietary factors that may affect the risk of all-cause mortality and cause-specific mortality among women
- Demonstrate how waist-to-hip ratio or waist circumference interact with normal weight to affect the risk of all-cause mortality and cause-specific mortality among women
Yangbo Sun, MD, PhD
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