Mediation effect of recent loss events on weight gain in obese people who experienced childhood parental death or separation

Alessandra Alciati*, Daniela Caldirola, Massimiliano Grassi, Diego Foschi, Giampaolo Perna

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Abstract

Adverse events during childhood, including loss of a parent, are related to a higher risk of adult obesity. We investigated whether childhood parental loss is related to adult rapid weight gain through exposition to a later loss event. We assessed the mediation effect of recent loss and non-loss events on the association between childhood loss and rapid weight gain in 138 individuals seeking bariatric surgery. Our results showed that recent loss events mediate the effect of childhood parental loss on rapid weight gain (0.790; p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-110
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

Keywords

  • childhood trauma
  • obesity
  • prior trauma
  • weight gain
  • BODY-MASS INDEX
  • BARIATRIC SURGERY CANDIDATES
  • STRESSFUL LIFE EVENTS
  • MAJOR DEPRESSION
  • ADULT PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
  • METABOLIC SYNDROME
  • FOOD-CONSUMPTION
  • BIPOLAR DISORDER
  • RISK-FACTORS
  • WOMEN

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