The Relationship between Stress and Severe Obesity : A Case-Control Study

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Koski , M & Naukkarinen , H 2017 , ' The Relationship between Stress and Severe Obesity : A Case-Control Study ' , Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy , vol. 2 , no. 1 , 458771 . https://doi.org/10.1159/000458771

Title: The Relationship between Stress and Severe Obesity : A Case-Control Study
Author: Koski, Marja; Naukkarinen, H.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Psychiatry
University of Helsinki, Department of Psychiatry
Date: 2017
Language: eng
Number of pages: 13
Belongs to series: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy
ISSN: 0753-3322
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/307306
Abstract: Background: Several etiological factors for obesity have been identified, whereas other factors related to obesity, such as stress, remain poorly understood. This study used psychiatric methods to examine the relationship between stress and obesity. Methods: Matched study and control groups were established, and the female and male control subjects were selected separately by random sampling. The control subjects were matched with the case subjects with respect to place of residence, sex, age, date that a pension was granted, and occupation. Psychiatric and psychological methods were assessed using a questionnaire and statistical analyses. Results: Psychiatric interviews indicated that stress was more prevalent in the study group than in the control group. Separation from parents was nearly significantly more frequently in the study group than in the control group. The questionnaire on coping mechanisms revealed that case subjects tended to resolve their problems in an active manner. Conclusions: The aim of this case-control study was to examine the relationship between stress and obesity in individuals receiving a disability pension. We identified stress factors that affect the development of obesity. We believe our study is both necessary and important, as these findings provide valuable insight into the relationship between severe obesity and stress.
Subject: 3124 Neurology and psychiatry
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