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Posttraumatic stress disorder as a risk factor for obesity among male military veterans

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Vieweg WVR, Julius DA, Bates J, Quinn III JF, Fernandez A, Hasnain M, Pandurangi AK. Posttraumatic stress disorder as a risk factor for obesity among male military veterans. Objective: 

Obesity is a significant public health problem in the United States, particularly among military veterans with multiple risk factors. Heretofore, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has not clearly been identified as a risk factor for this condition. Method: 

We accessed both a national and local database of PTSD veterans. Results: 

Body mass index (BMI) was greater (P <0.0001) among male military veterans (n =1819) with PTSD (29.28 ± 6.09 kg/m2) than those veterans (n =44 959) without PTSD (27.61 ± 5.99 kg/m2) in a sample of randomly selected veterans from the national database. In the local database of male military veterans with PTSD, mean BMI was in the obese range (30.00 ± 5.65) and did not vary by decade of life (P =0.242). Conclusion: 

Posttraumatic stress disorder may be a risk factor for overweight and obesity among male military veterans.
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Keywords: body mass index; military veterans; obesity; overweight; posttraumatic stress disorder

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Corporate Data Warehouse Group, Veterans Health Administration, Washington, DC 2: National Data Systems, Health Data and Informatics, VHA Office of Information, Veterans Health Administration, Washington, DC, USA 3: Department of Psychiatry, Western Regional Integrated Health Authority, Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital, Stephenville, NF, Canada 4: Department of Psychiatry, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Publication date: 2007-12-01

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