Cannabis use and obesity and young adults

Hayatbakhsh, MR, O'Callaghan, MJ, Mamun, AA, Williams, GM, Clavarino, A and Najman, JM (2010) Cannabis use and obesity and young adults. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 36 6: 350-356. doi:10.3109/00952990.2010.500438

Author Hayatbakhsh, MR
O'Callaghan, MJ
Mamun, AA
Williams, GM
Clavarino, A
Najman, JM
Title Cannabis use and obesity and young adults
Journal name American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0095-2990
Publication date 2010-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/00952990.2010.500438
Volume 36
Issue 6
Start page 350
End page 356
Total pages 7
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: There is shortage of evidence about the relationship between use of cannabis and obesity. Objectives: This study aimed to examine the association between cannabis use and overweightobesity in young adults. Methods: Data were from a 21-year follow-up of mothers and their children recruited into the Mater-University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy (MUSP), a longitudinal pre-birth cohort. The study is based on 2566 young adults (1264 males and 1302 females) who had data available on cannabis use and age of initiation to use of cannabis and BMI at the 21-year follow-up (MUSP children). Those who did not provide data on cannabis use and BMI were excluded from the analysis. Results: Frequency of cannabis use and body mass index (BMI) was assessed at the 21-year follow-up. Potential confounders were prospectively measured between the child's birth and the 21-year follow-up. Some 50.9% of young adults reported use of cannabis in the last month or year and 34.1% had BMI ≤ 25. Multivariate analysis showed that those who had used cannabis were less likely to be categorised in the BMI ≥ 25 group with the least prevalence of overweightobesity being observed in every day cannabis users (odds ratio =.2; 95% confidence interval [CI]:.1-.4). Conclusions and Scientific Significance: The existing data suggest lower prevalence of overweight and obesity among young adult cannabis users. Further research is needed to examine the mechanism of this association. © 2010 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.
Keyword BMI
Young adult
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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