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The association between weight change and psychological well-being in women.

Authors
  • Rumpel, C
  • Ingram, D D
  • Harris, T B
  • Madans, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
International journal of obesity and related metabolic disorders : journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Publication Date
Mar 01, 1994
Volume
18
Issue
3
Pages
179–183
Identifiers
PMID: 8186816
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Previous studies on the effects of weight change on psychological well-being in clinical samples have yielded inconsistent results. We examined the relationship between weight change and psychological well-being as measured by the General Well-Being (GWB) scale in 3747 women aged 50 years or less at baseline using data from the NHANES I Epidemiologic Follow-up Study. Multiple logistic regression was used to estimate odds ratios while adjusting for potential confounders. Recent weight gain was associated with poorer well-being in both overweight and non-overweight women and recent weight loss with poorer well-being in non-overweight women. These findings were unchanged by controlling for age, race, marital status, employment status, education, physical activity level, number of medical conditions, alcohol use and extroversion. Thus, maintenance of stable weight may contribute to psychological well-being in women.

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