Journal article

Psychosocial and other working conditions in relation to body mass index in a representative sample of Australian workers

AS Ostry, S Radi, AM Louie, AD LaMontagne

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to examine the relationship between psychosocial and other working conditions and body-mass index (BMI) in a working population. This study contributes to the approximately dozen investigations of job stress, which have demonstrated mixed positive and negative results in relation to obesity, overweight and BMI. METHODS: A cross-sectional population-based survey was conducted among working Australians in the state of Victoria. Participants were contacted by telephone from a random sample of phone book listings. Information on body mass index was self-reported as were psychosocial work conditions assessed using the demand/control and effort/reward imbalance..

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