Association between anxiety and obesity

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Obesity is the result of a combination of factors that change body mass and that are associated with anxiety psychopathology. Method: Cross-sectional design, including 329 participants, between 25 and 40 years of age. Body Mass Index (BMI) and anxiety were assessed using the Hamilton Scale (1959). The association was carried out estimating odds ratio [OR]; 95% confidence interval [CI]). Results: Distribution of BMI was 131 obese, 109 overweight and 88 normal. Obese participants presented the following levels of anxiety: 35.1% mild (OR 0.82; CI 95% 0.35-1.93), 45.8% moderate (OR 3.32; CI 95% 1.28-8.71, p < .001) and 6.1% severe (OR 1.13; CI 95% 0.19-8.56). Conclusion: There is a curvilinear relationship between obesity and anxiety, with a higher risk when anxiety levels are moderate. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved) (Source: journal abstract)
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Journal
Ansiedad y Estrés
Year of Publication
2009
Volume
15
Issue
1
Number of Pages
39-47
Date Published
01/2009
Type of Article
Journal Article
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ISSN Number
1134-7937
ISBN Number
2174-0437
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