TITLE

Intake of sweet foods and counts of carcinogenic microorganisms in relation to body mass index and psychometric variables in women

AUTHOR(S)
Barkeling, B.; Linne, Y.; Lindroos, A.K.; Birkhed, D.; Rooth, P.; Rossner, S.
PUB. DATE
September 2002
SOURCE
International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders;Sep2002, Vol. 26 Issue 9, p1239
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
OBJECTIVE: As a part of the SPAWN (Stockholm Pregnancy and Women's Nutrition) study, the intake of sweet foods (habitual and pre-menstrual intakes) and the number of cariogenic microorganisms in saliva was analysed in relation to body mass index (BMI) and psychometric variables. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study. SUBJECTS: Three hundred and sixty-two women with a median BMI of 24.2 kg/m² (range 1 7.5-47.8) and 45 y of age (range 34-64). METHODS: A questionnaire of sweet food intake, salivary counts of mutans streptococci and lactobacilli and a self-rating scale on psychometric variables (CPRS-S-A). RESULTS: The number of mutans streptococci correlated with BMI (P < 0.05), indirectly indicating a higher intake of sweet foods in obese women. The reported energy intake of sweet foods (more specifically the intake of chocolate), correlated with CPRS scores (P< 0.01), indicating that women with more severe psychiatric symptomatology have higher intakes of sweet foods. CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that women with higher CPRS score have higher energy intakes of sweet foods, indicating a possible link between mood regulation and the intake of sweet food.
ACCESSION #
8674890

 

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