Table 1 Obesity and overweight in relation to baseline characteristics (1967–70)

From: Obesity and overweight in relation to organ-specific cancer mortality in London (UK): findings from the original Whitehall study

  Normal weight (18.5–24.9kg/m2) Overweight (25.0–29.9kg/m2) Obese (≥30kg/m2)
Number (%) 9288 (54.3) 7097 (41.5) 717 (4.2)
  Mean (s.e.)
Age (y) 51.1 (0.1) 52.0 (0.1) 52.6 (0.2)
Triceps skinfold thickness (mm) 39.4 (0.2) 50.3 (0.2) 64.0 (0.5)
Plasma cholesterol (mmol/l) 5.04 (0.01) 5.21 (0.01) 5.15 (0.05)
FEV1b (l/s) 3.13 (0.01) 3.16 (0.01) 3.09 (0.02)
Systolic blood pressure (mmHg) 133.1 (0.2) 138.9 (0.2) 148.7 (0.7)
  Percent (s.e.)
Physically inactive 15.3 (0.4) 16.2 (0.4) 23.8 (1.6)
Unintentional weight loss in last year 3.1 (0.2) 0.9 (0.1) 0.3 (0.2)
Current cigarette smoker 44.1 (0.5) 37.4 (0.6) 36.9 (1.8)
Low work grade 23.3 (0.4) 23.0 (0.5) 30.1 (1.7)
No partner 12.4 (0.3) 10.7 (0.4) 14.2 (1.3)
Disease at study entryc 19.6 (0.4) 21.5 (0.5) 24.7 (1.6)
Blood pressure-lowering medication 1.2 (0.1) 1.9 (0.2) 2.2 (0.5)
Glucose intolerancec 4.7 (0.2) 5.8 (0.3) 7.9 (1.0)
Diabeticc 1.2 (0.1) 1.2 (0.1) 2.1 (0.5)
  1. Adjusted for age (age is unadjusted).
  2. bFEV1=forced expiratory volume in one second (adjusted for height).
  3. cSee Materials and methods section for definitions.