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Social network body size is associated with body size norms of South Asian adults.
Obes Med. 2018 Sep; 11:25-30.OM

Abstract

Aims

To examine the association between social network body size and body size norms in South Asian adults.

Methods

Participants (n = 766) from the Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) study (2014-2018) provided detailed information about their five closest network members. Participants' perceptions of their network members' body sizes, their own body size (self-body size), and a healthy body size for men and women (body size norms) were assessed using the Stunkard 9-figure scale. Adjusted hierarchical linear regression models were used to examine associations between the average body size of network members and perceived body size norms.

Results

Participants' average age was 59.1 years (SD = 9.2) and 44.1% were women. Participants reported an average network body size of 4.0 (SD = 1.1). The average body size norm for male and female Stunkard images was 3.6 (SD = 1.0) and 3.4 (SD = 0.8), respectively. Social network body size was positively associated with increasing body size norms (β-coefficient = 0.31, 95% CI: 0.26, 0.36), independent of self-body size.

Discussion

Social networks may influence body size norms in South Asian adults. Long-term follow up of the MASALA cohort will determine if social network body size and body size norms are associated with weight- control behaviors and weight change.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Feinberg School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Northwestern University, 750 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, 60611, United States.Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University, 420 E Superior, Chicago, IL, 60611, United States.Department of Medicine and Public Health Sciences and the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination, University of Chicago, 5837 S. Maryland Ave, Chicago, IL, 60637, United States.Division of General Internal Medicine, University of California San Francisco, 1545 Divisadero, San Francisco, CA, 94115, United States.Division of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX, United States.Feinberg School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Northwestern University, 750 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, 60611, United States.Feinberg School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Northwestern University, 750 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, 60611, United States.Feinberg School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Northwestern University, 750 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, 60611, United States. Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University, 420 E Superior, Chicago, IL, 60611, United States.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31338475

Citation

Lancki, Nicola, et al. "Social Network Body Size Is Associated With Body Size Norms of South Asian Adults." Obesity Medicine, vol. 11, 2018, pp. 25-30.
Lancki N, Siddique J, Schneider JA, et al. Social network body size is associated with body size norms of South Asian adults. Obes Med. 2018;11:25-30.
Lancki, N., Siddique, J., Schneider, J. A., Kanaya, A. M., Fujimoto, K., Dave, S. S., Puri-Taneja, A., & Kandula, N. R. (2018). Social network body size is associated with body size norms of South Asian adults. Obesity Medicine, 11, 25-30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obmed.2018.06.001
Lancki N, et al. Social Network Body Size Is Associated With Body Size Norms of South Asian Adults. Obes Med. 2018;11:25-30. PubMed PMID: 31338475.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Social network body size is associated with body size norms of South Asian adults. AU - Lancki,Nicola, AU - Siddique,Juned, AU - Schneider,John A, AU - Kanaya,Alka M, AU - Fujimoto,Kayo, AU - Dave,Swapna S, AU - Puri-Taneja,Ankita, AU - Kandula,Namratha R, Y1 - 2018/06/30/ PY - 2019/7/25/entrez PY - 2019/7/25/pubmed PY - 2019/7/25/medline KW - Body size norms KW - Cardiovascular risk KW - Obesity KW - Social network influence KW - South Asian American SP - 25 EP - 30 JF - Obesity medicine JO - Obes Med VL - 11 N2 - Aims: To examine the association between social network body size and body size norms in South Asian adults. Methods: Participants (n = 766) from the Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) study (2014-2018) provided detailed information about their five closest network members. Participants' perceptions of their network members' body sizes, their own body size (self-body size), and a healthy body size for men and women (body size norms) were assessed using the Stunkard 9-figure scale. Adjusted hierarchical linear regression models were used to examine associations between the average body size of network members and perceived body size norms. Results: Participants' average age was 59.1 years (SD = 9.2) and 44.1% were women. Participants reported an average network body size of 4.0 (SD = 1.1). The average body size norm for male and female Stunkard images was 3.6 (SD = 1.0) and 3.4 (SD = 0.8), respectively. Social network body size was positively associated with increasing body size norms (β-coefficient = 0.31, 95% CI: 0.26, 0.36), independent of self-body size. Discussion: Social networks may influence body size norms in South Asian adults. Long-term follow up of the MASALA cohort will determine if social network body size and body size norms are associated with weight- control behaviors and weight change. SN - 2451-8476 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31338475/Social_network_body_size_is_associated_with_body_size_norms_of_South_Asian_adults_ L2 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/31338475/ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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