Interactive effects of job stress and body mass index on over-eating

Jiro Takaki, Akira Minoura, Hirohiko Irimajiri, Asako Hayama, Yuri Hibino, Sakiko Kanbara, Noriko Sakano, Keiki Ogino

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Interactive Effects of Job Stress and Body Mass Index on Over-eating: Jiro TAKAKI, et al. Department of Public Health, Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences-Objectives: Recent prospective evidence drawn from the Whitehall II cohort reported by Kivimäki et al. implies that stressful situations are related to decreased body weight in thin men and increased body weight in obese men, whereas no corresponding interactive effects are observed in women. The mechanism underlying this phenomenon remains unknown, and the purpose of this study was to confirm our hypothesis that the relevant mechanism is behavioral (e.g., over-eating). Methods: The subjects of this survey were 607 Japanese workers (response rate: 60.5%) in four organizations. The questionnaire solicited demographic information and included the Bulimia scale of the Eating Disorder Inventory-EZ to measure tendencies toward over-eating as well as the Japanese version of the Effort-Reward Imbalance Questionnaire (ERIQ). Body mass index (BMI) was calculated on the basis of data obtained during medical check-ups. We tested for linear and interactive effects with hierarchical regression analyses. Results: BMI was significantly (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-73
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Occupational Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010



  • Body mass index
  • Hyperphagia
  • Obesity
  • Psychological stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Takaki, J., Minoura, A., Irimajiri, H., Hayama, A., Hibino, Y., Kanbara, S., Sakano, N., & Ogino, K. (2010). Interactive effects of job stress and body mass index on over-eating. Journal of Occupational Health, 52(1), 66-73.