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Job strain in relation to body mass index: pooled analysis of 160.000 adults from 13 cohort studies

ST Nyberg, K Heikkilä, EI Fransson, L Alfredsson, Dirk De Bacquer UGent, JB Bjorner, S Bonenfant, M Borritz, H Burr and A Casini, et al. (2012) JOURNAL OF INTERNAL MEDICINE. 272(1). p.65-73
abstract
Background. Evidence of an association between job strain and obesity is inconsistent, mostly limited to small-scale studies, and does not distinguish between categories of underweight or obesity subclasses. Objectives. To examine the association between job strain and body mass index (BMI) in a large adult population. Methods. We performed a pooled cross-sectional analysis based on individual-level data from 13 European studies resulting in a total of 161 746 participants (49% men, mean age, 43.7 years). Longitudinal analysis with a median follow-up of 4 years was possible for four cohort studies (n = 42 222). Results. A total of 86 429 participants were of normal weight (BMI 18.524.9 kg m-2), 2149 were underweight (BMI < 18.5 kg m-2), 56 572 overweight (BMI 25.029.9 kg m-2) and 13 523 class I (BMI 3034.9 kg m-2) and 3073 classes II/III (BMI = 35 kg m-2) obese. In addition, 27 010 (17%) participants reported job strain. In cross-sectional analyses, we found increased odds of job strain amongst underweight [odds ratio 1.12, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.001.25], obese class I (odds ratio 1.07, 95% CI 1.021.12) and obese classes II/III participants (odds ratio 1.14, 95% CI 1.011.28) as compared with participants of normal weight. In longitudinal analysis, both weight gain and weight loss were related to the onset of job strain during follow-up. Conclusions. In an analysis of European data, we found both weight gain and weight loss to be associated with the onset of job strain, consistent with a U-shaped cross-sectional association between job strain and BMI. These associations were relatively modest; therefore, it is unlikely that intervention to reduce job strain would be effective in combating obesity at a population level.
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cohort studies, body mass index, job strain, obesity, thinness, work stress, CARDIOVASCULAR RISK-FACTORS, CORONARY-HEART-DISEASE, WORK STRESS, WHITEHALL-II, PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS, HEALTH BEHAVIORS, PUBLIC-SECTOR, WEIGHT-GAIN, METAANALYSIS, MORTALITY
journal title
JOURNAL OF INTERNAL MEDICINE
J. Intern. Med.
volume
272
issue
1
pages
65 - 73
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Article
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000305510600007
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MEDICINE, GENERAL & INTERNAL
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6.455 (2012)
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9/149 (2012)
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1 (2012)
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0954-6820
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10.1111/j.1365-2796.2011.02482.x
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English
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2141000
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2012-06-12 16:48:53
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  abstract     = {Background. Evidence of an association between job strain and obesity is inconsistent, mostly limited to small-scale studies, and does not distinguish between categories of underweight or obesity subclasses.
Objectives. To examine the association between job strain and body mass index (BMI) in a large adult population.
Methods. We performed a pooled cross-sectional analysis based on individual-level data from 13 European studies resulting in a total of 161 746 participants (49\% men, mean age, 43.7 years). Longitudinal analysis with a median follow-up of 4 years was possible for four cohort studies (n = 42 222).
Results. A total of 86 429 participants were of normal weight (BMI 18.524.9 kg m-2), 2149 were underweight (BMI {\textlangle} 18.5 kg m-2), 56 572 overweight (BMI 25.029.9 kg m-2) and 13 523 class I (BMI 3034.9 kg m-2) and 3073 classes II/III (BMI = 35 kg m-2) obese. In addition, 27 010 (17\%) participants reported job strain. In cross-sectional analyses, we found increased odds of job strain amongst underweight [odds ratio 1.12, 95\% confidence interval (CI) 1.001.25], obese class I (odds ratio 1.07, 95\% CI 1.021.12) and obese classes II/III participants (odds ratio 1.14, 95\% CI 1.011.28) as compared with participants of normal weight. In longitudinal analysis, both weight gain and weight loss were related to the onset of job strain during follow-up.
Conclusions. In an analysis of European data, we found both weight gain and weight loss to be associated with the onset of job strain, consistent with a U-shaped cross-sectional association between job strain and BMI. These associations were relatively modest; therefore, it is unlikely that intervention to reduce job strain would be effective in combating obesity at a population level.},
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  keyword      = {cohort studies,body mass index,job strain,obesity,thinness,work stress,CARDIOVASCULAR RISK-FACTORS,CORONARY-HEART-DISEASE,WORK STRESS,WHITEHALL-II,PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS,HEALTH BEHAVIORS,PUBLIC-SECTOR,WEIGHT-GAIN,METAANALYSIS,MORTALITY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {65--73},
  title        = {Job strain in relation to body mass index: pooled analysis of 160.000 adults from 13 cohort studies},
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  volume       = {272},
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Chicago
Nyberg, ST, K Heikkilä, EI Fransson, L Alfredsson, Dirk De Bacquer, JB Bjorner, S Bonenfant, et al. 2012. “Job Strain in Relation to Body Mass Index: Pooled Analysis of 160.000 Adults from 13 Cohort Studies.” Journal of Internal Medicine 272 (1): 65–73.
APA
Nyberg, S., Heikkilä, K., Fransson, E., Alfredsson, L., De Bacquer, D., Bjorner, J., Bonenfant, S., et al. (2012). Job strain in relation to body mass index: pooled analysis of 160.000 adults from 13 cohort studies. JOURNAL OF INTERNAL MEDICINE, 272(1), 65–73.
Vancouver
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Nyberg S, Heikkilä K, Fransson E, Alfredsson L, De Bacquer D, Bjorner J, et al. Job strain in relation to body mass index: pooled analysis of 160.000 adults from 13 cohort studies. JOURNAL OF INTERNAL MEDICINE. 2012;272(1):65–73.
MLA
Nyberg, ST, K Heikkilä, EI Fransson, et al. “Job Strain in Relation to Body Mass Index: Pooled Analysis of 160.000 Adults from 13 Cohort Studies.” JOURNAL OF INTERNAL MEDICINE 272.1 (2012): 65–73. Print.