Type a behavior pattern and obesity in Japanese workers: A cross-sectional study

Sayaka Ogawa, Jun Tayama, Tatsuo Saigo, Atsushi Takeoka, Masaki Hayashida, Hironori Yamasaki, Yuji Shimizu, Susumu Shirabe

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Abstract

Obesity is associated with personality. The Type A behavior pattern (TABP), which is characterized by hostility and competitive behavior, is related to psychological stress. However, the relationship between obesity and the TABP has not been examined. This study aimed to examine the relationship between obesity and the Type A behavior pattern in 3,099 Japanese workers. The Type A behavior pattern was measured via the Maeda Type A Behavior Checklist. Data were analyzed using multivariate logistic regression adjusted for age, being current smokers, heavy drinker, lack of exercise, occupation, and rapid eating. The multivariate odds ratio (95% confidence interval) for obesity associated with TABP was 1.55 (1.13 to 2.13) in men. Regarding other variables, age, lack of exercise, and rapid eating were associated with obesity in men. The multivariate odds ratio (95% confidence interval) for obesity associated with TABP was 1.27 (0.81 to 2.02) in women. Regarding other variables, age and rapid eating were associated with obesity in women. The findings suggest that the Type A behavior pattern was associated with increased obesity prevalence in Japanese men. People with TABP tend to eat larger portions during mealtimes repeatedly by rapid eating; it is possible that eating large portions may lead to an increase weight in men with TABP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-110
Number of pages6
JournalActa Medica Nagasakiensia
Volume61
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Eating behavior
  • Obesity
  • Psychological stress
  • Type a behavior pattern

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Ogawa, S., Tayama, J., Saigo, T., Takeoka, A., Hayashida, M., Yamasaki, H., Shimizu, Y., & Shirabe, S. (2018). Type a behavior pattern and obesity in Japanese workers: A cross-sectional study. Acta Medica Nagasakiensia, 61(3), 105-110.