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    Social participation and maintaining recommended waist circumference: prospective evidence from the English longitudinal study of aging

    Kouvonen, A. and Swift, J.A. and Stafford, M. and Cox, Tom and Vahtera, J. and Vaananen, A. and Heponiemi, T. and de Vogli, R. and Griffiths, A. and Kivimaki, M. (2012) Social participation and maintaining recommended waist circumference: prospective evidence from the English longitudinal study of aging. Journal of Aging and Health 24 (2), pp. 250-268. ISSN 0898-2643.

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    Abstract

    Objectives: To investigate whether older adults participating in social activities are more likely to maintain or achieve recommended waist circumference (WC) levels. Method: A total of 4,280 older adults who participated in Wave 2 (baseline) and Wave 4 (follow-up) of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. WC was measured by a nurse in both study waves. Results: Participation in education, arts, music groups, evening classes, and in charitable associations was associated with maintaining recommended WC only in those men whose WC was in the recommended range at baseline. Participation in social activities was not associated with achieving recommended WC in women or men with initially large waist. Discussion: Participation in cultural and charitable activities may help in maintaining a recommended level of WC in older men with WC originally in the recommended range.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): waist circumference, social participation, older adults, obesity
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2013 08:12
    Last Modified: 29 Jan 2014 09:36
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/7219

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