Table 1

Distribution of indicators of subjective well-being by categories of body mass index (BMI)
Number Body mass index, BMI (kg/m2) Minimum BMI at current height (kg/m2) Life satisfaction 1 General Health Questionnaire, GHQ-20 1 Satisfaction with leisure time, work and family relationships 1 Satisfaction with sex life 1
Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD)
Men All 2151 23.9 (3.1) 21.7 (2.3) 8.4 (3.0) 2 35.9 (7.4) 2 11.4 (4.3) 2 2.2 (1.0) 2
BMI <18.5 26 17.9 (0.5) 17.1 (0.7) 8.8 (3.0) 37.8 (10.5) 12.5 (4.2) 2.0 (1.1)
BMI 18.5-24.9 1496 22.4 (1.6) 20.9 (1.6) 8.5 (3.0) 36.1 (7.5) 11.4 (4.2) 2.2 (1.1)
BMI 25–29.9 542 26.8 (1.4) 23.5 (1.8) 8.2 (3.0) 35.4 (6.9) 11.3 (4.3) 2.1 (1.0)
BMI ≥30 87 32.6 (2.8) 25.4 (2.9) 8.3 (2.8) 35.6 (7.2) 11.2 (3.8) 2.4 (1.2)
Women All 2422 22.2 (3.5) 20.0 (2.8) 8.6 (3.0) 3 38.8 (9.0) 3 11.6 (4.2) 3 2.1 (1.0) 3
BMI <18.5 169 17.8 (0.5) 16.9 (0.9) 8.3 (3.1) 38.6 (8.6) 11.4 (4.2) 2.0 (0.9)
BMI 18.5-24.9 1897 21.4 (1.7) 19.5 (1.9) 8.5 (3.0) 38.6 (9.0) 11.5 (4.1) 2.1 (1.0)
BMI 25–29.9 261 26.9 (1.4) 22.6 (2.4) 9.0 (2.9) 39.5 (9.2) 12.0 (4.5) 2.1 (1.0)
BMI ≥30 95 33.6 (3.4) 26.3 (5.1) 9.0 (3.5) 39.6 (9.0) 12.6 (4.6) 2.2 (1.0)
Female subgroups Healthy women4 2242 22.2 (3.5) 20.0 (2.7) 8.5 (3.0) 38.5 (8.7) 11.5 (4.2) 2.1 (0.9)
Women with a lifetime eating disorder 5 89 22.7 (3.8) 18.8 (3.3) 9.2 (2.8) 41.7 (10.9) 12.4 (4.5) 2.1 (1.1)
Healthy co-twins 32 21.9 (2.4) 19.6 (1.8) 9.1 (2.5) 39.5 (9.4) 13.1 (3.5) 2.3 (1.2)

1 Higher scores indicate lower levels of well-being.

2 Skewness and kurtosis 1.0 and 3.9 for life satisfaction, 1.7 and 7.5 for GHQ-20, 0.5 and 3.2 for satisfaction with leisure time, work and family relationship, and 0.8 and 3.2 for satisfaction with sex life in men.

3 Skewness and kurtosis 0.9 and 3.5 for life satisfaction, 1.1 and 4.4 for GHQ-20, 0.6 and 3.3 for satisfaction with leisure time, work and family relationship, and 0.9 and 3.7 for satisfaction with sex life in women.

4 Healthy women were defined as not having a history of eating disorders or a twin-sister with a history of eating disorders. Women reporting any psychopathology regarding eating or weight have been excluded.

5 A lifetime eating disorder has been defined as having ever fulfilled the diagnostic criteria of DSM-IV anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge-eating disorder.

Linna et al.

Linna et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:231   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-231

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