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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 7361896, 8 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/7361896
Research Article

A Study of Traditional Chinese Medicine Body Constitution Associated with Overweight, Obesity, and Underweight

1Department of Integrative Medicine, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
2The Institutes of Integrative Medicine, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
3Department of Integrative Medicine, Huashan Hospital North, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Zihui Tang; ten.haey@gnathz_rd and Jingcheng Dong; ten.haey@udfcjgnod

Received 8 June 2017; Revised 21 August 2017; Accepted 11 September 2017; Published 19 October 2017

Academic Editor: Mariangela Rondanelli

Copyright © 2017 Mihui Li et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objective. The aim of the study was to investigate the associations among the nine types of body constitution in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with the outcomes of overweight, obesity, and underweight. Method. Participants aged 30 to 90 years were recruited from communities in Shanghai and assessed using a self-administered questionnaire pertaining to their demographics, lifestyles, and self-reported medical history. The data of 3748 participants with complete information was available for the analysis. Multinomial logistic regression (MLR) analysis was performed to determine the associations among the TCM constitution variables and the health outcomes. Results. The standards of classification and determination of the constitution in TCM were used to gauge the patients’ constitution type. MLR revealed independent and significant associations among the Qi_Deficient and Yang_Deficient groups with the outcomes of overweight, obesity, and underweight ( for all). MLR revealed independent and significant associations among the Qi_Deficient and Yang_Deficient groups with the outcomes of overweight, obesity, and underweight ( for all). Conclusion. Our study revealed significant negative correlations between the Qi_Deficient and Yang_Deficient groups with the outcomes of overweight, obesity, and underweight. On the other hand, positive correlations were found between Phlegm_Dampness and the outcomes of overweight and obesity.