Whitney R. Robinson

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BACKGROUND Obesity prevalence stabilized in the US in the first decade of the 2000s. However, obesity prevalence may resume increasing if younger generations are more sensitive to the obesogenic environment than older generations. METHODS We estimated cohort effects for obesity prevalence among young adults born in the 1980s. Using data collected from the(More)
It is believed that greater adiposity is associated with reduced risk of breast cancer in premenopausal but increased risk in postmenopausal women. However, few studies have evaluated these relationships among Black women or examined anthropometric measures other than near-diagnosis body mass index (BMI). This study investigated associations between(More)
BACKGROUND Abdominal obesity predicts a wide range of adverse health outcomes. Over the past several decades, prevalence of abdominal obesity has increased markedly in industrialized countries like the United States No previous analyses, however, have evaluated whether there are birth cohort effects for abdominal obesity. Estimating cohort effects is(More)
OBJECTIVE Contemporary childbearing is associated with greater gestational weight gain and postpartum weight retention than in previous decades, potentially leading to a more pronounced effect of childbearing on women's long-term obesity risk. Previous work on the association of childbearing with women's long-term obesity risk mostly examined births in the(More)
We consider several possible interpretations of the "effect of race" when regressions are run with race as an exposure variable, controlling also for various confounding and mediating variables. When adjustment is made for socioeconomic status early in a person's life, we discuss under what contexts the regression coefficients for race can be interpreted as(More)
OBJECTIVES Since the 1980s, older, low-educated White women experienced an unprecedented decrease in life expectancy. We investigated whether a similar phenomenon was evident among younger women for obesity. METHODS Using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, age-adjusted changes were estimated in the prevalence of overall and abdominal(More)
The September issue of Obesity featured articles by Tobias and Hu (1) and Flegal and Kalantar-Zadeh (2) that explored the observation that, in clinical populations, such as individuals with heart failure, chronic kidney disease, or diabetes, those with higher BMI often have lower mortality rates than leaner individuals. The articles disagree whether this(More)
Adiposity has been linked with increased breast cancer risk and mortality. It is established that etiologic associations for adiposity vary by tumor subtype, but the influence of adiposity on subtype-specific survival is unknown. Study participants were 1,109 invasive breast cancer participants in the population-based Carolina Breast Cancer Study, diagnosed(More)
Objective—The purpose of this study was to examine the association of intergenerational education and country of birth with waist circumference, metabolic syndrome, and type-2 diabetes among older adult Latinos in the United States. Design and Methods—We used cross-sectional data from the Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging, a cohort of older adult(More)
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