Childhood traumatic stress and obesity in women: the intervening effects of PTSD and MDD.


Journal Article

In this study, symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) were modeled as intervening variables in the relationship between childhood traumatic stress and weight outcomes in civilian women in the United States. Of the 148 participants, 72 had current PTSD, 64 had current MDD, and 32 had neither disorder. In separate single indirect effect models, there were significant indirect effects of both PTSD and depressive symptoms on body mass index and waist-hip ratio. When models included both PTSD and depressive symptoms, an indirect effect of PTSD symptoms was evident in the relationship between childhood traumatic stress and waist-hip ratio. Posttraumatic stress disorder may play a particularly important role in the development of central adiposity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dedert, EA; Becker, ME; Fuemmeler, BF; Braxton, LE; Calhoun, PS; Beckham, JC

Published Date

  • December 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 785 - 763

PubMed ID

  • 21171140

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21171140

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-6598

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jts.20584


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States