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Higher Risk of Obesity

Dtsch Arztebl Int 2013; 110(40): 678. DOI: 10.3238/arztebl.2013.0678a

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Regarding somatic symptoms in the long-term unemployed, I wish to add from an ecotrophological perspective (1) that longer-term unemployment is also associated with a higher risk of obesity (2, 3). In the targeted health promotion for the long-term unemployed rightly proposed by Dr Herbig et al., the documented increased physical inactivity compared with people in employment should be considered (1, 3). For example, a three-month exercise intervention improved physical performance in long-term unemployed persons and lowered their blood pressure readings, percentage of body fat, backache, and depression (4). In this setting, using pedometers could be a simple but extremely effective aid in motivating long-term unemployed persons to exercise more.

DOI: 10.3238/arztebl.2013.0678a

Dr. oec. troph. Martin Hofmeister

Verbraucherzentrale Bayern e. V., Referat Lebensmittel und Ernährung,

München

hofmeister@vzbayern.de

Conflict of interest statement

The author is employed by the Consumer Centre of the German Federal State of Bavaria

1.
Herbig B, Dragano N, Angerer P: Health in the long-term unemployed. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2013; 110(23–24): 413–9 VOLLTEXT
2.
Sarlio-Lähteenkorva S, Lahelma E: The association of body mass index with social and economic disadvantage in women and men.
Int J Epidemiol 1999; 28: 445–9 CrossRef MEDLINE
3.
Lampert T, Kroll LE, Kuntz B, Ziese T: Gesundheitliche Ungleichheit. In: Statistisches Bundesamt (Destatis), Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), Zentrales Datenmanagement (eds.). Datenreport 2011. Ein Sozialbericht für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Bonn: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung; 2011: 247–58.
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Kreuzfeld S, Preuss M, Weippert M, Stoll R: Health effects and acceptance of a physical activity program for older long-term unemployed workers. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2013; 86: 99–105 CrossRef MEDLINE
1.Herbig B, Dragano N, Angerer P: Health in the long-term unemployed. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2013; 110(23–24): 413–9 VOLLTEXT
2.Sarlio-Lähteenkorva S, Lahelma E: The association of body mass index with social and economic disadvantage in women and men.
Int J Epidemiol 1999; 28: 445–9 CrossRef MEDLINE
3.Lampert T, Kroll LE, Kuntz B, Ziese T: Gesundheitliche Ungleichheit. In: Statistisches Bundesamt (Destatis), Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), Zentrales Datenmanagement (eds.). Datenreport 2011. Ein Sozialbericht für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Bonn: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung; 2011: 247–58.
4.Kreuzfeld S, Preuss M, Weippert M, Stoll R: Health effects and acceptance of a physical activity program for older long-term unemployed workers. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2013; 86: 99–105 CrossRef MEDLINE

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