Print Email Facebook Twitter The prevalence of chronic psychological complaints and emotional exhaustion among overweight and obese workers Title The prevalence of chronic psychological complaints and emotional exhaustion among overweight and obese workers Author Proper, K.I. Koppes, L.L.J. van Zwieten, M.H.J. Bemelmans, W.J.E. Publication year 2012 Abstract Purpose:Literature suggests a relationship between overweight and obesity, and mental health problems, but data regarding prevalence rates are scarce. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of chronic psychological complaints and emotional exhaustion among overweight and obese workers. Methods:Data were used from the Netherlands Working Conditions Survey (NWCS), which is representative for Dutch employees (n = 43,928). Based on self-reported body mass index (BMI), workers were classified into underweight, healthy weight, overweight, and obesity. Respondents indicated whether they suffered from chronic psychological complaints. Emotional exhaustion was measured by using the UBOS subscale. Logistic regression analyses were used to test differences in prevalence across weight categories, with healthy weight as the reference group. Analyses were stratified for gender, age, education, and occupation. Results:Of the obese workers, 15.7% reported emotional exhaustion and 3.7% reported chronic psychological complaints. These prevalence rates were significantly higher than among healthy weight workers. A significant J shape was found with healthy weight workers reporting the lowest prevalence of both indicators of mental health problems. This J shape was generally also seen among the gender, age, education, and occupation subgroups, though not consistently significant.Conclusion:Considering the proportion of obese workers that also suffers from psychological co-morbidities, interventions targeting obesity should take this into account. As weight-related stigma may play a role in the risk for mental health problems among obese workers, future longitudinal research on the mechanisms for the relation between overweight and mental health problems are recommended. Subject OrganisationWH - Work & HealthBSS - Behavioural and Societal SciencesWorkplaceHealthy LivingBurnoutEmotional exhaustionEmployeesOverweightPrevalence rates To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:789ad39e-ef0a-4932-a67b-c5e510f72582 TNO identifier 445586 Source International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 85 (5), 537-545 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.