Posttraumatic stress disorder as a risk factor for obesity among male military veterans

W. V.R. Vieweg, D. A. Julius, J. Bates, J. F. Quinn, A. Fernandez, M. Hasnain, A. K. Pandurangi

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Objective: Obesity is a significant public health problem in the United States, particularly among military veterans with multiple risk factors. Heretofore, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has not clearly been identified as a risk factor for this condition. Method: We accessed both a national and local database of PTSD veterans. Results: Body mass index (BMI) was greater (P < 0.0001) among male military veterans (n = 1819) with PTSD (29.28 ± 6.09 kg/m2) than those veterans (n = 44 959) without PTSD (27.61 ± 5.99 kg/m2) in a sample of randomly selected veterans from the national database. In the local database of male military veterans with PTSD, mean BMI was in the obese range (30.00 ± 5.65) and did not vary by decade of life (P = 0.242). Conclusion: Posttraumatic stress disorder may be a risk factor for overweight and obesity among male military veterans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-487
Number of pages5
JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Body mass index
  • Military veterans
  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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