Impact of stressful life events on central adiposity in the Pelotas Birth Cohort

Pamela J. Surkan, Kwame S. Sakyi, Alice Hu, Maria T. Olinto, Helen Gonçalves, Bernardo L. Horta, Denise P. Gigante

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate how stressful life events and social support relate to central adiposity in Southern Brazil. METHODS: Data included information from 802 participants in the 1982 Pelotas Birth Cohort that was collect in 2004-2005 and 2006. Stratifying by sex, we studied self-reported stressful life events during the year before 2004-2005 in relation to change in waist circumference between 2004-2005 and 2006 and waist-to-hip ratio in 2006, using both bivariate and multivariate linear regression models. RESULTS: In adjusted models, the experience of stressful life events during the year before 2004-2005 predicted a change in waist circumference in 2006 in men and a change in both waist-to-hip ratio in 2006 and waist circumference between 2004-2005 and 2006 in women. Men who experienced two or more stressful events had on average a one centimeter increase in their waist circumference between 2004-2005 and 2006 (β = 0.97, 95%CI 0.02-1.92), compared to those reporting no stressful events. For women, those who had one and those who had two or more stressful life events had over a 1 cm increase in their waist circumference from 2004-2005 to 2006 (β = 1.37, 95%CI 0.17-2.54; β = 1.26, 95%CI 0.11-2.40, respectively), compared to those who did not experience any stressful event. For both sexes, social support level was not significantly related to either waist-to-hip ratio or change in waist circumference, and it did not modify the association between stress and central adiposity. CONCLUSIONS: The experience of more than one stressful life event was associated with distinct indicators of central adiposity for men versus women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number61
JournalRevista de saude publica
Volume52
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Gender and health
  • Life change events
  • Psychological
  • Stress
  • Utilization
  • Waist-hip ratio
  • Weight gain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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