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Race-ethnicity, union status, and change in body mass index in young adulthood

Kroeger, Rhiannon A.; & Frank, Reanne. (2018). Race-ethnicity, union status, and change in body mass index in young adulthood. Journal of Marriage and Family, 80(2), 444-462.

Kroeger, Rhiannon A.; & Frank, Reanne. (2018). Race-ethnicity, union status, and change in body mass index in young adulthood. Journal of Marriage and Family, 80(2), 444-462.

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This study used data from three waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health and fixed effects regression to consider whether associations between change in union status and change in body mass index (BMI) were moderated by race-ethnicity. The results indicated that intimate unions were differentially associated with gains in BMI along racial-ethnic lines, especially for women. When compared with White women, marriage was associated with larger increases in BMI for Black, Hispanic, and Multiracial women, and cohabitation was associated with larger increases for Black and Hispanic women. In contrast, marriage and cohabitation were associated with less weight gain for Asian when compared with White women. Among men, racial-ethnic differences in the relationship between union status and BMI were similarly patterned but less pronounced. The results suggest that marital status further exacerbates racial-ethnic disparities in BMI from adolescence to young adulthood.


cohabitation
ethnicity
health disparities
marriage
obesity
race


JOUR



Kroeger, Rhiannon A.
Frank, Reanne



2018


Journal of Marriage and Family

80

2

444-462


January 10, 2018




1741-3737

10.1111/jomf.12454



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