Chocolate-candy consumption and 3-year weight gain among postmenopausal U.S. women

James A. Greenberg, Joann E. Manson, Brian Buijsse, Lu Wang, Matthew A. Allison, Marian L. Neuhouser, Lesley Tinker, Molly E. Waring, Carmen R. Isasi, Lisa W. Martin, Cynthia Thomson

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Objective To test the hypothesis that greater chocolate-candy intake is associated with more weight gain in postmenopausal women. Methods A prospective cohort study involved 107,243 postmenopausal American women aged 50-79 years (mean = 60.7) at enrollment in the Women's Health Initiative, with 3-year follow-up. Chocolate-candy consumption was assessed by food frequency questionnaire, and body weight was measured. Linear mixed models, adjusted for demographic, socio economic, anthropomorphic, and behavioral variables, were used to test our main hypotheses. Results Compared with women who ate a 1 oz (∼28 g) serving of chocolate candy <1 per month, those who ate this amount 1 per month to <1 per week, 1 per week to < 3 per week and ≥3 per week showed greater 3-year prospective weight gains (kg) of 0.76 (95% CI: 0.66, 0.85), 0.95 (0.84, 1.06), and 1.40 (1.27, 1.53), respectively, (P for linear trend<0.0001). Each additional 1 oz/day was associated with a greater 3-year weight gain (kg) of 0.92 (0.80, 1.05). The weight gain in each chocolate-candy intake level increased as BMI increased above the normal range (18.5-25 kg/m2), and was inversely associated with age. Conclusions Greater chocolate-candy intake was associated with greater prospective weight gain in this cohort of postmenopausal women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-683
Number of pages7
JournalObesity
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

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Candy
Weight Gain
Women's Health
Linear Models
Reference Values
Cohort Studies
Body Weight
Economics
Demography
Chocolate
Prospective Studies
Food

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  • Endocrinology
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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Greenberg, J. A., Manson, J. E., Buijsse, B., Wang, L., Allison, M. A., Neuhouser, M. L., ... Thomson, C. (2015). Chocolate-candy consumption and 3-year weight gain among postmenopausal U.S. women. Obesity, 23(3), 677-683. https://doi.org/10.1002/oby.20983

Chocolate-candy consumption and 3-year weight gain among postmenopausal U.S. women. / Greenberg, James A.; Manson, Joann E.; Buijsse, Brian; Wang, Lu; Allison, Matthew A.; Neuhouser, Marian L.; Tinker, Lesley; Waring, Molly E.; Isasi, Carmen R.; Martin, Lisa W.; Thomson, Cynthia.

In: Obesity, Vol. 23, No. 3, 01.03.2015, p. 677-683.

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Greenberg, JA, Manson, JE, Buijsse, B, Wang, L, Allison, MA, Neuhouser, ML, Tinker, L, Waring, ME, Isasi, CR, Martin, LW & Thomson, C 2015, 'Chocolate-candy consumption and 3-year weight gain among postmenopausal U.S. women', Obesity, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 677-683. https://doi.org/10.1002/oby.20983
Greenberg JA, Manson JE, Buijsse B, Wang L, Allison MA, Neuhouser ML et al. Chocolate-candy consumption and 3-year weight gain among postmenopausal U.S. women. Obesity. 2015 Mar 1;23(3):677-683. https://doi.org/10.1002/oby.20983
Greenberg, James A. ; Manson, Joann E. ; Buijsse, Brian ; Wang, Lu ; Allison, Matthew A. ; Neuhouser, Marian L. ; Tinker, Lesley ; Waring, Molly E. ; Isasi, Carmen R. ; Martin, Lisa W. ; Thomson, Cynthia. / Chocolate-candy consumption and 3-year weight gain among postmenopausal U.S. women. In: Obesity. 2015 ; Vol. 23, No. 3. pp. 677-683.
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