Journal article

Socioeconomic position in young adulthood is associated with BMI in Australian families

Katrina J Scurrah, Anne M Kavanagh, Rebecca J Bentley, Lukar E Thornton, Stephen B Harrap

JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Low socioeconomic position (SEP) is associated with increased cardiovascular (CV) disease risk, but the relative importance of SEP in childhood and adulthood, and of changes in SEP between these two life stages, remains unclear. Studies of families may help clarify these issues. We aimed to assess whether SEP in young adulthood, or change in SEP from childhood to young adulthood, was associated with five continuously measured CV risk factors. METHODS: We used data from 286 adult Australian families from the Victorian Family Heart Study (VFHS), in which some offspring have left home (n = 364) and some remained at home (n = 199). SEP (defined as the Index of Relative Socioeconomic ..

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