Association Between Hip-Waist Ratio and Physical Performance in Older Adults

Geraldine A. Espinoza Gutierrez, Gabriela Yance-Cacñahuaray, Fernando M. Runzer-Colmenares, Diego Chambergo-Michilot, Ian Falvy-Bockos, Luis F. Vidal-Neira

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Introduction: The aim of this study was to determine the association between the hip-waist ratio (WHR) and physical performance (PP) in older adults. Materials and Methods: A retrospective analytical design was carried out using the database of the study “Validation of the measure of grip strength with digital dynamometry in older adults”. Results: The participants included 84 older adults, with a mean age of 78.06 ± 8.40 years with a predominance of female sex (60.71%; n=51). PP was evaluated with the Short Physical Performance Battery, with most of the participants (67.86%; n=57) presenting adequate PP, and 47.62% (n=40) had a body mass index within normal parameters. The mean WHR was 0.94 cm. ± 0.08. The WHR was altered in 78.95% (n=45) and was normal in 21.05% (n=12) of patients with adequate PP, while in participants with altered PP, 22.22% (n=6) had a normal WHR and 77.78% (n=21) had an altered WHR. Discussion: These results suggest that WHR and PP are not associated. However, we found a significant relationship between WHR and PP in older women and older adults between 60 and 70 years of age.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberem355
JournalElectronic Journal of General Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2022


  • Frail older adults
  • Physical functional performance
  • Waist-hip ratio


Dive into the research topics of 'Association Between Hip-Waist Ratio and Physical Performance in Older Adults'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this