The role of an addictive tendency towards food and patterns of body fat distribution in obesity and metabolic health

Nelder, Matthew (2020) The role of an addictive tendency towards food and patterns of body fat distribution in obesity and metabolic health. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Food addiction (FA) is a contributing factor to obesity. Individuals with similar total body fat (BF) %, exhibit a large amount of heterogeneity in how BF is distributed. Certain BF distribution (BFD) patterns produce different outcomes regarding metabolic health. Little is known about how FA influences BFD and metabolic profiles. The study was designed to evaluate the correlation between FA symptom counts and metabolic characteristics, the correlation between FA symptoms and BFD patterns with emphasis on central obesity and Visceral fat (VF), and the role of android fat (AF) in women’s metabolic health. Data from the CODING study was used for analysis. FA symptoms are correlated with HOMA-β, triglycerides (TG), inversely correlated with high-density lipoprotein (HDL) in men and are correlated with TG in post-menopausal women. FA symptom counts were also associated with central obesity markers in men and women, including trunk fat (TF) and VF. Women exhibited slightly stronger correlations for all BFD measures except for VF and AF than in men. AF to GF ratio (AGR) affected metabolic characteristics and metabolic syndrome (MetS) risk in women. When separated into AGR tertiles, women in each tertile differed significantly in levels of insulin, glucose, TG, HDL, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), total cholesterol (TC), blood pressure (BP), and waist circumference (WC). Women in the top tertile exhibited higher levels of HOMA-IR and HOMA-β. When women in the top AGR quartile, matched by age and body mass index (BMI) with a control group while controlling for VF, were 2.4x more likely to have MetS. In conclusion, FA symptoms exhibit correlations with markers of metabolic disturbance in men and to a smaller degree in women. FA symptoms are also correlated with central obesity in men and women. Women with high levels of AF are at increased risk of developing MetS when compared to women of similar age and BMI.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 14740
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references.
Keywords: Food addiction, Obesity, Body Fat Distribution, DXA, Visceral Fat, Newfoundland
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of > Clinical Disciplines > Genetics
Date: October 2020
Date Type: Submission
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Medical Subject Heading: Behavior, Addictive--complications; Food Addiction; Body Fat Distribution; Obesity.

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