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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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dc.contributor.advisor Buchholz, Andrea
dc.contributor.advisor Haines, Jess
dc.contributor.author Hruska, Valerie
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-23T18:06:47Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-12T05:00:32Z
dc.date.copyright 2018-04
dc.date.created 2018-04-12
dc.date.issued 2018-04-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/12922
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject parenting stress en_US
dc.subject stress en_US
dc.subject home environment en_US
dc.subject chaos en_US
dc.subject obesity en_US
dc.subject children en_US
dc.title The Weight of Parenting: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Family Stress and Body Composition Among Parents in the Guelph Family Health Study en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US
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