A case-comparison study of weight fluctuations during young adulthood and coronary artery disease during middle age
The hypothesis that large fluctuations in weight during young adulthood are associated with the degree of coronary artery disease was investigated by comparing patterns of weight change of patients with angiographically defined diseased or normal arteries. Participants (n = 823) were selected from men and women aged 40-74 years who had undergone angiography at North Carolina Baptist Hospital during 1987-88. Weight history from age 20 to 40 was assessed with a mailed questionnaire. Per cent prevalence of "yo-yo dieting" adjusted for age, race, and coronary disease risk factors in patients who had 0, 1, 2, 3, or more than 3 diseased arteries was 8.6, 8.8, 3.7, 5.6 and 7.1 per cent respectively (p = 0.313). These results do not support the research hypothesis. However, since the results may have been confound by neuroticism, they should not be interpreted as strong evidence against this hypothesis.
Hamm, Peggy Brown, "A case-comparison study of weight fluctuations during young adulthood and coronary artery disease during middle age" (1990). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI9109987.