Event Title

The Evaluation of Adolescent Body Size Using Photographs and Participant Recall

Mentor 1

Ellen Velie

Mentor 2

Emily Guseman

Mentor 3

Elizabeth Duthie

Mentor 4

Darek

Start Date

16-4-2021 12:00 AM

Description

Adolescence represents a critical period in obesity development, which is associated with negative health outcomes, including breast cancer. However, adolescent body size is difficult to assess retrospectively without historical health records. Data for this project are from a population-based case-control study of breast cancer in women under 50 years of age, the Young Women’s Health History Study (YWHHS). Participants in YWHHS rated their body size at age 12y and 18y on the Stunkard scale consisting of nine body figures ranging from underweight (1) to overweight (9) and also provided historical photographs for those ages. The objectives of this project are to evaluate: 1) the validity of self-reported relative adolescent body size at ages 12y and 18y vs. study rater’s assignment of a body size; 2) agreement between two independent evaluators of participant’s Stunkard body size based on the pictures. Pictures from 19 participants, including both cases and controls, were rated by the two evaluators and compared for assessment of rating reliability. Cohen’s Kappa for the two evaluators’ ratings was low, kappa=0.0, indicating chance agreement. Analysis of the average of the two ratings of the two evaluators vs. participant’s self-reported body size are currently in progress. Though the current sample size is limited, photo evaluation is ongoing so that we may evaluate potential factors associated with recall, such as race, household percent poverty, pubertal status, adult BMI, and childhood food insecurity and physical activity. As such, this study will assess the validity of self-reported adolescent body size that is often used in studies to examine the impact of adolescent body size on adult health.

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The Evaluation of Adolescent Body Size Using Photographs and Participant Recall

Adolescence represents a critical period in obesity development, which is associated with negative health outcomes, including breast cancer. However, adolescent body size is difficult to assess retrospectively without historical health records. Data for this project are from a population-based case-control study of breast cancer in women under 50 years of age, the Young Women’s Health History Study (YWHHS). Participants in YWHHS rated their body size at age 12y and 18y on the Stunkard scale consisting of nine body figures ranging from underweight (1) to overweight (9) and also provided historical photographs for those ages. The objectives of this project are to evaluate: 1) the validity of self-reported relative adolescent body size at ages 12y and 18y vs. study rater’s assignment of a body size; 2) agreement between two independent evaluators of participant’s Stunkard body size based on the pictures. Pictures from 19 participants, including both cases and controls, were rated by the two evaluators and compared for assessment of rating reliability. Cohen’s Kappa for the two evaluators’ ratings was low, kappa=0.0, indicating chance agreement. Analysis of the average of the two ratings of the two evaluators vs. participant’s self-reported body size are currently in progress. Though the current sample size is limited, photo evaluation is ongoing so that we may evaluate potential factors associated with recall, such as race, household percent poverty, pubertal status, adult BMI, and childhood food insecurity and physical activity. As such, this study will assess the validity of self-reported adolescent body size that is often used in studies to examine the impact of adolescent body size on adult health.