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dc.titleLongitudinal associations of marital, parenting, and employment transitions with weight gain in a multi-ethnic asian population aged 21 years and above
dc.contributor.authorWhitton, Clare
dc.contributor.authorWong, Yvonne Hui Min
dc.contributor.authorvan Dam, Rob M.
dc.identifier.citationWhitton, 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.
dc.description.abstractIdentifying 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.
dc.publisherMDPI AG
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.sourceScopus OA2021
dc.subjectLife span
dc.subjectWeight gain
dc.contributor.departmentSAW SWEE HOCK SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
dc.contributor.departmentDEAN'S OFFICE (SSH SCH OF PUBLIC HEALTH)
dc.description.sourcetitleInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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