Title

Central Adiposity is Associated with Cardiovascular Reactivity to Stress in Adolescents

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2005

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1037/0278-6133.24.4.375

Abstract

The current study examined the association between central adiposity, measured by waist circumference, and cardiovascular reactivity to stress among 106 White and 105 Black adolescents, approximately 50% of whom were girls. Participants engaged in 4 laboratory tasks while cardiovascular reactivity measures were taken. Independent of body mass index, race, and gender, participants with a greater waist circumference exhibited greater systolic blood pressure reactivity and diastolic blood pressure reactivity (boys only). Race did not affect the results. Results from the present study suggest that central adiposity is associated with blood pressure reactivity early in life, especially in adolescent boys.

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Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Health Psychology, v. 24, issue 4, p. 375-384

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