Substance use in relation to weight patterns in adolescence

In 1976, 121,700 U.S. registered nurses completed an initial questionnaire that has become the basis for one of the most successful long-term cohort studies of women's health. The purpose of this project is to expand a study of the children of the Nurses Health Study. Funding has already been received from NIH and the Kellogg Foundation to study the relation of diet, activity, lifestyle and their influence on relative weight gain for a cohort of adolescents over a four-year period. The investigators recommend that additional questions and subsequent analysis be added to address concerns that cigarette smoking may be used as an adjunct to weight control. In addition, use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs in relation to activity, self esteem, and dietary patterns will be collected and analyzed. This is therefore an unusual opportunity to study the relationships among multiple health risk behaviors in adolescence. A cohort of 16,600 children (girls and boys), who were 9 to 14 in the fall of 1996, have a baseline questionnaire completed. This grant provides support for adding questions and analysis on smoking and a separate mailed questionnaire on the use of alcohol and illegal drugs.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $215,561.00

Awarded on: 7/30/1997

Time frame: 8/1/1997 - 10/31/2000

Grant Number: 31079


Brigham and Women's Hospital

75 Francis Street
Boston, 02115-6110


Graham A. Colditz
Project Director