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Nevanperä, N., Ala-Mursula, L., Seitsamo, J., Remes, J., Auvinen, J., Hopsu, L., Husman, P., Karppinen, J., Järvelin, M., Laitinen, J. (2015) Long-Lasting Obesity Predicts Poor Work Ability at Midlife. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 57 (12), 1262-1268. doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000000579

Long-lasting obesity predicts poor work ability at midlife : a 15-year follow-up of the Northern Finland 1966 Birth Cohort study

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Author: Nina, Nevanperä1; Leena, Ala-Mursula2; Jorma, Seitsamo1;
Organizations: 1Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland
2Faculty of Medicine, Center for Life Course Epidemiology and Systems Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Medical Research Center Oulu, University of Oulu and Oulu University Hospital, Oulu. Finland
4Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, MRC Health Protection Agency (HPE) Centre for Environment and Health, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, UK
5Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu
6Unit of Primary Care, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Wolters Kluwer, 2015
Publish Date: 2019-05-09


Objective: To investigate the effect of adulthood obesity on work ability in early midlife during a 15-year follow-up.

Methods: The study population included men and women (n=5470), born in northern Finland in 1966. Participants evaluated their current perceived work ability compared to their lifetime best at the age of 46. Participants’ weight and height were measured at 31 years and selfreported at 46 years, and BMIs were calculated.

Results: Obesity at both ages, and developing obesity between the ages of 31 and 46 increased the relative risk of poor work ability at 46 years among both genders, and among those in both low and high physically strenuous work.

Conclusions: Long-term obesity and developing obesity in mid-adulthood increase the risk of poor work ability. Thus, the promotion of healthy behaviours by policies, health care services and at workplaces is important.

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Series: Journal of occupational and environmental medicine
ISSN: 1076-2752
ISSN-E: 1536-5948
ISSN-L: 1076-2752
Volume: 57
Issue: 12
Pages: 1262 - 1268
DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000579
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
Funding: The study was funded by The Finnish Work Environment Fund (project 111252). NFBC1966 has received financial support from University of Oulu Grant no. 65354, Oulu University Hospital Grant no. 2/97, 8/97, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs Grant no. 23/251/97, 160/97, 190/97, National Public Health Institute, Helsinki Grant no. 54121, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Oulu, Finland Grant no. 50621, 54231, ERDF—European Regional Development Fund, Grant no. 539/2010 A31592, the European Commission (EURO-BLCS, Framework 5 award QLG1-CT-2000-01643), EU H2020-PHC-2014-two-stage Understanding the dynamic determinants of glucose homeostasis and social capability to promote Healthy and active aging, Grant no. 633595.
EU Grant Number: (633595) DYNAHEALTH - Understanding the dynamic determinants of glucose homeostasis and social capability to promote Healthy and active aging
Copyright information: © 2015 the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine