Taurine 7 pp 429-435 | Cite as

Dietary Taurine and Nutrients Intake and Anthropometric and Body Composition Data by Abdominal Obesity in Korean Male College Students

  • Min Jung Sung
  • Kyung Ja Chang
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 643)


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between abdominal obesity and dietary taurine intake, nutrient intake, anthropometric data and body composition in Korean male college students. One hundred seventy four subjects were divided into 2 groups based on abdominal obesity as estimated by waist circumference (cm) (Lee et al 2006): normal group (waist circumference (cm): <90 cm, n = 141), obese group (waist circumference (cm): ⩾ 90 cm, n = 33). A three day-recall method was used to assess diet (2 weekdays and 1 weekend). Anthropometric data and body composition were measured with Inbody 3.0 (Bio-electrical Impedance Fatness Analyzer). Average dietary intake of taurine in the normal and obese groups was 123.1 ± 78.8 mg/day and 128.4 ± 79.6 mg/day, respectively. There was no significant difference in dietary taurine and nutrient intake between the normal and obese groups. However, data of anthropometric measurements and body composition in the obese group were significantly elevated compared to those of the normal group. In the normal group, dietary taurine intake was positively correlated with nutrient intake (p<0.01), the exception being the intake of plant lipid and of animal calcium. In the obese group, dietary taurine intake was positively correlated with the intake of energy foods and of animal lipid (p<0.05). There were positive correlations between dietary taurine intake, weight and hip circumference (p<0.05) in the normal group. However, there was no significant correlation between dietary taurine intake and anthropometric and body composition data in the obese group. Therefore, the data suggest that further study is warranted to examine the relationship between dietary taurine intake and abdominal obesity.


Waist Circumference Abdominal Obesity Obese Group Taurine Supplementation Taurine Content 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Min Jung Sung
    • 1
  • Kyung Ja Chang
  1. 1.Department of Food and NutritionInha UniversityKorea

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