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Sexual, behavioral, and quality of life characteristics of healthy weight, overweight, and obese gay and bisexual men: Findings from a prospective cohort study

Guadamuz, TE and Lim, SH and Marshal, MP and Friedman, MS and Stall, RD and Silvestre, AJ (2012) Sexual, behavioral, and quality of life characteristics of healthy weight, overweight, and obese gay and bisexual men: Findings from a prospective cohort study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41 (2). 385 - 389. ISSN 0004-0002

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Abstract

While there have been attempts to explore the association of obesity and risky sexual behaviors among gay men, findings have been conflicting. Using a prospective cohort of gay and bisexual men residing in Pittsburgh, we performed a semi-parametric, group-based analysis to identify distinct groups of trajectories in body mass index slopes over time from 1999 to 2007 and then correlated these trajectories with a number of psychosocial and behavioral factors, including sexual behaviors. We found many men were either overweight (41.2%) or obese (10.9%) in 1999 and remained stable at these levels over time, in contrast to recent increasing trends in the general population. Correlates of obesity in our study replicated findings from the general population. However, we found no significant association between obesity and sexual risk-taking behaviors, as suggested from several cross-sectional studies of gay men. While there was not a significant association between obesity and sexual risk-taking behaviors, we found high prevalence of overweight and obesity in this population. Gay and bisexual men's health researchers and practitioners need to look beyond HIV and STI prevention and also address a broader range of health concerns important to this population. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Guadamuz, TEteg10@pitt.eduTEG10
Lim, SH
Marshal, MPmpm1@pitt.eduMPM1
Friedman, MSmsf11@pitt.eduMSF11
Stall, RDrstall@pitt.eduRSTALL
Silvestre, AJtonys@pitt.eduTONYS
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, or Units > Center for LGBT Health Research
Date: 1 April 2012
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Archives of Sexual Behavior
Volume: 41
Number: 2
Page Range: 385 - 389
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s10508-011-9859-5
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Graduate School of Public Health > Epidemiology
Graduate School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
School of Medicine > Psychiatry
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0004-0002
Article Type: Review
MeSH Headings: Adult; Bisexuality--psychology; Bisexuality--statistics & numerical data; Cohort Studies; Depression--epidemiology; Depression--psychology; HIV Infections--epidemiology; HIV Infections--psychology; HIV Seropositivity--epidemiology; HIV Seropositivity--psychology; Health Surveys; Homosexuality, Male--psychology; Homosexuality, Male--statistics & numerical data; Humans; Longitudinal Studies; Male; Obesity--epidemiology; Obesity--psychology; Overweight--epidemiology; Overweight--psychology; Prevalence; Prospective Studies; Quality of Life--psychology; Risk-Taking; Sexual Behavior--psychology; Sexual Behavior--statistics & numerical data
Other ID: NLM NIHMS442114, NLM PMC3616614
PubMed Central ID: PMC3616614
PubMed ID: 22038410
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2013 21:21
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 07:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18903

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