Does childhood sexual abuse predict young adult's BMI? A birth cohort study

AA Mamun, D Lawlor, M O'Callaghan, W Bor, GM Williams, JM Najman

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Abstract

Objective: The objective was to identify the extent to which childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is associated with BMI and overweight status in young adulthood and to examine whether any associations differ by gender. Research Methods and Procedures: The Mater-University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy is a prospective birth cohort from a population-based sample involving 7223 singletons whose mothers were enrolled in the 1980s at the first antenatal visit. The present cohort consisted of a subgroup of 2461 young adults who had both self-reported CSA data and measured BMI at 21 years. Results: Of 1273 men, 10.5% reported non-penetrative and 7.5% reported penetrative CSA before age 16 years. Of 1305 women, 20.6% reported non-penetrative and 7.9% reported penetrative CSA by age 16 years. We found young women's BMI and the prevalence of overweight at age 21 were greater in those who experienced penetrative CSA. This association was robust to adjustment for a variety of potential confounders. However, there was no association between non-penetrative CSA and BMI in women and no association between either category of CSA and BMI in men. There was statistical evidence for a gender difference in the association of CSA with mean BMI at age 21 (p value for statistical interaction
Translated title of the contributionDoes childhood sexual abuse predict young adult's BMI? A birth cohort study
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2103 - 2110
Number of pages8
JournalObesity
Volume15 (8)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008

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Publisher: North American Association for the Study of Obesity

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