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Association between Impulsivity and Weight Status in a General Population

Equipe de Recherche en Epidémiologie Nutritionnelle, Centre de Recherche en Epidémiologie et Statistiques, Université Paris 13, INSERM U1153, INRA U1125, Cnam, COMUE Sorbonne Paris Cité, Bobigny 93017, France
Paris School of Economics and INRA, UMR1393 PjSE, 48 Boulevard Jourdan, Paris 75014, France
INRA MOISA UMR1110, Montpellier 34000, France
Service d’Endocrinologie, Diabétologie, Maladies Métaboliques, Hôpital Avicenne, Bobigny 93017, France
Unité de Surveillance et d’Epidémiologie Nutritionnelle, Institut de Veille Sanitaire, Université Paris 13, Bobigny 93017, France
Département de Santé Publique, Hôpital Avicenne, Bobigny 93017, France
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Nutrients 2017, 9(3), 217;
Received: 6 January 2017 / Revised: 20 February 2017 / Accepted: 24 February 2017 / Published: 1 March 2017
The objective of this study is to examine the association between impulsivity and weight status in a large sample of the adult general population in France, and the influence of gender on this relationship. A total of 11,929 men and 39,114 women participating in the NutriNet-Santé cohort were selected in this cross-sectional analysis. The Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11) was used to assess impulsivity. Weight and height were self-reported. The association between impulsivity and BMI was estimated using logistic regressions adjusted for socio-demographic and lifestyle factors. Individuals with high impulsivity levels (BIS-11 total score >71) were more likely to be obese (Odds Ratio (OR) = 1.80, 95% Confidence Interval (CI): 1.39, 2.33 in men; OR = 1.30, 95% CI: 1.15, 1.48 in women) compared to individuals in the average range of impulsivity. The strongest associations between impulsivity and obesity were observed in men, where highly impulsive participants were more likely to be class III obese (BMI > 40 kg/m2) (OR = 3.57, 95% CI: 1.86, 6.85). This large sample analysis supports the existence of a relationship between impulsivity and weight status and the importance of psychological factors in the prevention of obesity. View Full-Text
Keywords: impulsivity; overweight; gender impulsivity; overweight; gender
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Bénard, M.; Camilleri, G.M.; Etilé, F.; Méjean, C.; Bellisle, F.; Reach, G.; Hercberg, S.; Péneau, S. Association between Impulsivity and Weight Status in a General Population. Nutrients 2017, 9, 217.

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