Classification of Impaired Waist to Height Ratio and Waist to Hip Ratio Using Support Vector Machine

Erika Severeyn, Alexandra La Cruz, Mónica Huerta

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The obesity epidemic has reached a high prevalence in adults, adolescents, and children. Overweight and obesity, together with a sedentary lifestyle and family history of cardiovascular disease, anticipate a high prevalence of metabolic diseases such as metabolic syndrome (MS), insulin resistance (IR), atherosclerosis, and glucose intolerance, increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Although waist circumference (WC) is one of the best predictors of CVD, IR, and MS, this measure has limits because diagnostic cut-off points vary by ethnicity and race background. The waist to height ratio (WHtR) and waist to hip ratio (WHR) are suggested as better predictors because they are universal indexes that only varied because of gender. Some studies have used machine learning techniques, such as Support vector machine (SVM), clustering techniques, and random forest, in anthropometric measures such as waist circumference, hip circumference, BMI, WHtR, and WHR to evaluate the diagnosis of metabolic dysfunctions, like obesity, insulin resistance, among others. This work aims to classified impaired WHtR and WHR subjects using anthropometric parameters and the SVM technique as a classifier. This study used a database of 1978 subjects with 26 anthropometrics variables. Results showed that the SVM performed as an acceptable classification of subjects with abnormal WHtR values and abnormal WHR values using anthropometric measurements of skinfolds and circumferences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationETCM 2021 - 5th Ecuador Technical Chapters Meeting
EditorsMonica Karel Huerta, Sebastian Quevedo, Carlos Monsalve
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665441414
StatePublished - 12 Oct 2021
Event5th IEEE Ecuador Technical Chapters Meeting, ETCM 2021 - Cuenca, Ecuador
Duration: 12 Oct 202115 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameETCM 2021 - 5th Ecuador Technical Chapters Meeting


Conference5th IEEE Ecuador Technical Chapters Meeting, ETCM 2021

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  • Monte Carlo cross-validation
  • obesity
  • support vector machines
  • waist circumference
  • Waist to height ratio
  • waist to hip ratio


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