Social participation and maintaining recommended waist circumference: Prospective evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Aging

Anne Kouvonen, Judy Anne Swift, Mai Stafford, Tom Cox, Jussi Vahtera, Ari Väänänen, Tarja Heponiemi, Roberto De Vogli, Amanda Griffiths, Mika Kivimäki

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Abstract

Objectives: To investigate whether older adults participating in social activities are more likely to maintain or achieve recommended waist circumference (WC) levels. Method: A total of 4,280 older adults who participated in Wave 2 (baseline) and Wave 4 (follow-up) of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. WC was measured by a nurse in both study waves. Results: Participation in education, arts, music groups, evening classes, and in charitable associations was associated with maintaining recommended WC only in those men whose WC was in the recommended range at baseline. Participation in social activities was not associated with achieving recommended WC in women or men with initially large waist. Discussion: Participation in cultural and charitable activities may help in maintaining a recommended level of WC in older men with WC originally in the recommended range.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-268
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • obesity
  • older adults
  • social participation
  • waist circumference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology
  • Community and Home Care

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Kouvonen, A., Swift, J. A., Stafford, M., Cox, T., Vahtera, J., Väänänen, A., Heponiemi, T., De Vogli, R., Griffiths, A., & Kivimäki, M. (2012). Social participation and maintaining recommended waist circumference: Prospective evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Aging. Journal of Aging and Health, 24(2), 250-268. https://doi.org/10.1177/0898264311421960