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Body Mass Index (BMI) and Obesity Prevalence Among Substance Abuse Participants from NIDA’s Clinical Trials Network (CTN)


Conference Paper

Matthews, A.; Hu, L.; Lu, L.; Van Veldhuisen, P.

College on Problems of Drug Dependence Meeting

San Diego, CA


{Aims: Though behavioral and pathological similarities between binge eating disorder and substance use disorders are known to researchers, associations between them are poorly studied. We compared pre-treatment BMI in substance users from 7 NIDA CTN clinical trials with that for age, race and gender comparable participants from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Methods: Standardized Prevalence Ratio (SPR) of obesity (BMI&30kg/m2) was estimated and adjusted for age, gender, and race. ANOVA test was used to compare adjusted mean BMI. Cigarette smoking status was also adjusted for in a subset of participants with available data. Results: CTN participants had lower BMI (N=2017

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