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Asthma and body weight change: a 20-year prospective community study of young adults


Hasler, G; Gergen, P J; Ajdacic, V; Gamma, A; Eich, D; Rössler, W; Angst, J (2006). Asthma and body weight change: a 20-year prospective community study of young adults. International Journal of Obesity, 30(7):1111-1118.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: There is increasing evidence for an association between asthma and body weight change. The objectives of these analyses were to examine the temporal relationships of this association and to explore the role of childhood depression as an explanatory factor. METHODS: Data were derived from six subsequent semistructured interviews on health habits and health conditions from a single-age community study of 591 young adults followed up between ages 20 and 40 years. RESULTS: Cross-sectionally (over the whole study period), asthma was significantly associated with obesity (odds ratio=3.9 [95% confidence interval 1.2, 12.2]). Multivariate longitudinal analyses revealed that asthma was associated with increased later weight gain and later obesity among women after controlling for potentially confounding variables, whereas weight gain and obesity were not associated with later asthma. A secondary analysis showed that depressive symptoms during childhood were associated with adult obesity and asthma, partially explaining the asthma-obesity comorbidity. CONCLUSION: This study encourages further research on mechanisms underlying the asthma-obesity comorbidity, particularly on shared psychosocial factors operating during critical periods in childhood and adolescence that may influence the development and persistence of both obesity and asthma during adulthood.

OBJECTIVE: There is increasing evidence for an association between asthma and body weight change. The objectives of these analyses were to examine the temporal relationships of this association and to explore the role of childhood depression as an explanatory factor. METHODS: Data were derived from six subsequent semistructured interviews on health habits and health conditions from a single-age community study of 591 young adults followed up between ages 20 and 40 years. RESULTS: Cross-sectionally (over the whole study period), asthma was significantly associated with obesity (odds ratio=3.9 [95% confidence interval 1.2, 12.2]). Multivariate longitudinal analyses revealed that asthma was associated with increased later weight gain and later obesity among women after controlling for potentially confounding variables, whereas weight gain and obesity were not associated with later asthma. A secondary analysis showed that depressive symptoms during childhood were associated with adult obesity and asthma, partially explaining the asthma-obesity comorbidity. CONCLUSION: This study encourages further research on mechanisms underlying the asthma-obesity comorbidity, particularly on shared psychosocial factors operating during critical periods in childhood and adolescence that may influence the development and persistence of both obesity and asthma during adulthood.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Clinical and Social Psychiatry Zurich West (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:Adult - Asthma/complications/epidemiology - Body Mass Index - Depression/complications/epidemiology - Epidemiologic Methods - Female - Humans - Male - Obesity/epidemiology/etiology - Switzerland/epidemiology - Weight Gain
Language:English
Date:2006
Deposited On:29 Sep 2011 12:35
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:01
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
ISSN:0307-0565
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.ijo.0803215
PubMed ID:16491113

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