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The Weight of Parenting: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Family Stress and Body Composition Among Parents in the Guelph Family Health Study

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Title: The Weight of Parenting: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Family Stress and Body Composition Among Parents in the Guelph Family Health Study
Author: Hruska, Valerie
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Program: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Advisor: Buchholz, AndreaHaines, Jess
Abstract: This thesis is an investigation of the associations between family-level stress and adiposity in a sample of parents (64 mothers and 61 fathers) participating in the Guelph Family Health Study. The demands of parenthood may increase stress levels, placing parents at risk of stress-associated adiposity. We used linear regression models with the generalized estimating equation approach to investigate the associations between family-level stress (general stress, parent-specific stress, and household chaos) and body mass index, waist circumference (WC), waist-to-height ratio (WHtR), and percent fat mass, and associations of the potential mediators cortisol, dietary fat intake, sleep, and physical activity. Overall, parents reported moderately high levels of stress, but fathers’ stress levels were not significantly associated with adiposity. Among mothers, parenting-specific stress was positively associated with WC and WHtR and household chaos was positively associated with all measures of adiposity. No mediators were identified in this study.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/12922
Date: 2018-04
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada


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