Experienced poor lighting contributes to the seasonal fluctuations in weight and appetite that relate to the metabolic syndrome

Timo Partonen, Sharon Grimaldi, Ani Englund, Jari Haukka, Sami Pirkola, Antti Reunanen, Arpo Aromaa, Jouko Lnnqvist

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Abstract

We tested which environmental, social, lifestyle, and health related factors of the individual contribute to the seasonal variations in mood and behavior and whether these influence the risks of the metabolic syndrome and major depressive disorder, both conditions having a high prevalence in industrialized populations. 5480 individuals, representative of the general population aged 30 and over in Finland, were assessed for metabolic syndrome using the ATP-III criteria, gave a self-report of seasonal variations in mood and behavior, and were interviewed for mood, anxiety, and alcohol use disorders using the DSM-IV criteria. The seasonal variations in mood and behavior have a metabolic factor composed of weight and appetite, and greater loadings on this factor increased the risk of metabolic syndrome (odds ratio of 1.18, 95 confidence interval of 1.10 to 1.26). Self-reports of lighting experienced as poor at home contributed to scores on the metabolic factor (t = 4.20, P <.0001). Lighting conditions and their dynamics may serve as a measure for intervention in order to influence the seasonal metabolic signals and in the end to prevent the metabolic syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Article number165013
JournalJournal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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