Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18158115
Title: Longitudinal associations of marital, parenting, and employment transitions with weight gain in a multi-ethnic asian population aged 21 years and above
Authors: Whitton, Clare 
Wong, Yvonne Hui Min 
van Dam, Rob M. 
Keywords: Asian
Life span
Multi-ethnic
Weight gain
Issue Date: 31-Jul-2021
Publisher: MDPI AG
Citation: Whitton, Clare, Wong, Yvonne Hui Min, van Dam, Rob M. (2021-07-31). Longitudinal associations of marital, parenting, and employment transitions with weight gain in a multi-ethnic asian population aged 21 years and above. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18 (15) : 8115. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18158115
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Identifying when most weight gain occurs throughout the life course can inform targeted public health interventions. We evaluated the association of childbirth, marriage, and employment changes with weight changes in a multi-ethnic Asian cohort. Singapore Multi-Ethnic Cohort participants ?21 years (n = 9655) who identified as ethnic Chinese, Malay, or Indian were weighed and interviewed about marital status, employment, and number of children at baseline and after about four years. We used multivariable regression to evaluate life transitions in relation to weight change and major gain (?5 kg), and adjusted for socio-demographic covariates. Weight gain was 3.55 kg (95% CI 3.17, 3.94) higher in young adults (21–30 years) compared with participants older than 60 years at baseline. Getting married was associated with weight gain in women, but not men (p interaction < 0.01). Women who got married gained 1.63 kg (95% CI 0.88, 2.38) more weight and were more likely to gain ?5 kg (OR 1.99, 95% CI 1.35, 2.93) than those remaining unmarried. Having children was not associated with weight gain. Only among ethnic Indians, remaining a homemaker was associated with less weight gain than remaining employed. In this multi-ethnic Asian population, obesity prevention efforts should target young adulthood and, in women, the transition into marriage. © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Source Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/232432
ISSN: 1661-7827
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18158115
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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