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Associations between BMI and health symptoms across ages and cohorts


Overweight and obesity are increasing worldwide, and this trend is likely to cause increasing incidence of cardiometabolic conditions. But there are also other conditions and symptoms that are associated with high (or low) body mass index (BMI) and there is little evidence on the effect on these of increasing BMI in the population. This project aims to answer the question Do the associations between BMI categories and various health conditions remain constant or do they change as women age or across generations? Specifically, we will examine trends in conditions common in younger women: menstrual symptoms, back pain, urinary incontinence and general health.