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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181c88525
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Association of Workplace Chronic and Acute Stressors With Employee Weight Status: Data From Worksites in Turmoil.

Fernandez, Isabel Diana MD, MPH, PhD; Su, Hayan MA, PhD; Winters, Paul C. MS; Liang, Hua PhD

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Objectives: To examine the independent and joint effects of psychosocial chronic and acute stressors with weight status and to report the intraclass correlation coefficient for body mass index (BMI).

Methods: Baseline data on 2782 employees from a group-randomized weight gain prevention intervention were examined to investigate the effect of high job strain and job insecurity on BMI and on the odds of overweight/obesity including potential confounders and mediating variables. Data were analyzed using mixed models.

Results: The mediating variables removed the effect of high job strain on weight (β = 0.68, P = 0.07; odds ratios = 1.34, confidence interval = 1.00 to 1.80) whereas job insecurity was never significant. Intraclass correlation coefficient for BMI is 0.0195, 0.0193, and 0.0346 overall, for men and women, respectively.

Conclusion: Worksite wellness should target health enhancing behaviors to minimize the health effects of psychosocial work conditions.

©2010The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine


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