Adiposity, its related biologic risk factors, and suicide: a cohort study of 542,088 taiwanese adults

Shu-Sen Chang, Chi Pang Wen, Min Kuang Tsai, Debbie A Lawlor, Yi Yang, David Gunnell

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Abstract

Recent studies in Western nations have shown inverse associations between body mass index (BMI, measured as weight (kg)/height (m)(2)) and suicide. However, it is uncertain whether the association is similar in non-Western settings, and the biologic pathways underlying the association are unclear. The authors investigated these issues in a cohort of 542,088 Taiwanese people 20 years of age or older who participated in a health check-up program (1994-2008); there were 573 suicides over a mean 8.1 years of follow up. There was a J-shaped association between BMI and suicide risk (P for the quadratic term = 0.033) but limited evidence of a linear association (adjusted hazard ratio per 1-standard-deviation increase = 0.95 (95% confidence interval: 0.85, 1.06)); compared with individuals whose BMI was 18.5-22.9, adjusted hazard ratios for those with a BMI
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)804-15
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Epidemiology
Volume175
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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