Journal article

Body mass index and psychosocial job quality: An analysis of working Australians from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey

Yamna Taouk, Allison Milner, Anthony D LaMontagne

Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019


The study investigated the association between psychosocial job quality and body mass index (BMI) by sex. Regression models examining potential differences in the job stressor-BMI relationship between men and women were conducted using longitudinal data from working Australians and a psychosocial job stressor index. There was strong evidence of an association between psychosocial job stressors and BMI for females but not males. Compared with no psychosocial job stressors, 1 adversity was associated with 0.13 kg/m2 (95% CI: -0.42-0.67); 2 adversities were associated with 0.53 kg/m2 (-0.00-1.07); and 3 or more adversities were associated with 0.87 kg/m2 (0.30-1.45) increase in mean BMI for fem..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The data used in this study were extracted using PanelWhiz. PanelWhiz ( was written by Dr John P. Haisken-DeNew ( study uses unit record data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey. The HILDA project was initiated and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) and is managed by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (Melbourne Institute). The findings and views reported in this article, however, are those of the authors and should not be attributed to either DSS or the Melbourne Institute.