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Weight Gain in Survivors Living in Temporary Housing in the Tsunami-Stricken Area during the Recovery Phase following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami


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Title: Weight Gain in Survivors Living in Temporary Housing in the Tsunami-Stricken Area during the Recovery Phase following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Other Titles: 東日本大震災 被災地の復興期における仮設住宅居住者の体重増加
Authors: 髙橋, 宗康
Authors (alternative): Takahashi, Shuko
Issue Date: 22-Feb-2017
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Citation: Nagasaki University (長崎大学), 博士(医学) (2017-02-22)
Abstract: Introduction: Survivors who lost their homes in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami were forced to live in difficult conditions in temporary housing several months after the disaster. Body weights of survivors living in temporary housing for a long period might increase due to changes in their life style and psychosocial state during the medium-term and long-term recovery phases. The aim of this study was to determine whether there were differences between body weight changes of people living in temporary housing and those not living in temporary housing in a tsunami-stricken area during the medium-term and long-term recovery phases. Materials and methods: Health check-ups were performed about 7 months after the disaster (in 2011) and about 18 months after the disaster (in 2012) for people living in a tsunami-stricken area (n = 6,601, mean age = 62.3 y). We compared the changes in body weight in people living in temporary housing (TH group, n = 2,002) and those not living in temporary housing (NTH group, n = 4,599) using a multiple linear regression model. Results: While there was no significant difference between body weights in the TH and NTH groups in the 2011 survey, there was a significant difference between the mean changes in body weight in both sexes. We found that the changes in body weight were significantly greater in the TH group than in the NTH group in both sexes. The partial regression coefficients of mean change in body weight were +0.52 kg (P-value < 0.001) in males in the TH group and +0.56 kg (P-value < 0.001) in females in the TH group (reference: NTH group). Conclusion: Analysis after adjustment for life style, psychosocial factors and cardiovascular risk factors found that people living in temporary housing in the tsunami- stricken area had a significant increase in body weight.
Description: 長崎大学学位論文 学位記番号:博(医歯薬)甲第928号 学位授与年月日:平成29年2月22日 / Author: Shuko Takahashi, Yuki Yonekura, Ryohei Sasaki, Yukari Yokoyama, Kozo Tanno, Kiyomi Sakata, Akira Ogawa, Seichiro Kobayashi, Taro Yamamoto / Citation: PLOS ONE, 11(12), e0166817; 2016
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/37059
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166817
Rights: © 2016 Takahashi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Type: Thesis or Dissertation
Text Version: ETD
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Citable URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/37059

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