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Perceived Weight Discrimination Amplifies the Link Between Central Adiposity and Nondiabetic Glycemic control (HbA1c)

Vera Tsenkova, Deborah Carr, Dale Schoeller, and Carol Ryff

Annals of Behavioral Medicine
2011
BACKGROUND: While the preclinical development of type 2 diabetes is partly explained by obesity and central adiposity, psychosocial research has shown that chronic stressors such as discrimination have health consequences as well.

PURPOSE: We investigated the extent to which the well-established effects of obesity and central adiposity on nondiabetic glycemic control (indexed by HbA(1c)) were moderated by a targeted psychosocial stressor linked to weight: perceived weight discrimination.

METHODS: The data came from the nondiabetic subsample (n?=?938) of the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS II) survey.

RESULTS: Body mass index (BMI), waist-to-hip ratio, and waist circumference were linked to significantly higher HbA(1c) (p?

Vera Tsenkova, Deborah Carr, Dale Schoeller, and Carol Ryff. 2011. "Perceived Weight Discrimination Amplifies the Link between Central Adiposity and Nondiabetic Glycemic Control (HbA1c)," Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 41(2): 243-252.



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