Long-term body weight variability is associated with elevated C-reactive protein independent of current body mass index among Japanese men

Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2003 Sep;27(9):1059-65. doi: 10.1038/sj.ijo.0802386.


Objective: To elucidate the effect of long-term weight variability on C-reactive protein (CRP) levels.

Design: Cross-sectional study of the circulating CRP.

Subjects: A total of 637 Japanese men aged 40-49 y in1997.

Measurements: Serum CRP levels, body mass index in 1997 (current BMI), the slope of weight on age (weight-slope) representing an individual's weight trend of direction and magnitude, and the root mean square error around the slope of weight on age (weight-RMSE) representing the weight fluctuation magnitude, as calculated by a simple linear regression model in which each value of the subject's five actual weights (aged 20, 25, 30 y, five years ago, and current) was a dependent variable and the subject's ages independent variables.

Results: After adjustment for age and confounders, including smoking and health status, the odds ratios of elevated CRP (> or =0.06 mg/dl) were 1.83 (95% CI: 1.25-2.69), 2.63 (1.69-4.11), and 10.31 (2.17-48.98) for upper normal-weight (BMI: 22-<25 kg/m(2)), overweight (25-<30), and obese (> or =30) persons, respectively, compared with lower normal-weight persons (18.5-<22). Adjusting for age, confounders, and current BMI, weight-slope was positively associated with CRP level especially among subjects with BMI> or =25 kg/m(2) (trend P<0.01), and weight-RMSE was positively associated with CRP level particularly among subjects with BMI <25 kg/m(2) (trend P<0.05).

Conclusion: Our results suggest a state of low-grade systemic inflammation not only in overweight and obese persons, but also in normal-weight persons with large weight fluctuation, possibly explaining in part the positive association between weight fluctuation and CVD.

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue / physiology
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Asthma / physiopathology
  • Body Mass Index*
  • Body Weight / physiology*
  • C-Reactive Protein / metabolism*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diabetes Mellitus / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Immunoassay / methods
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Infarction / physiopathology
  • Odds Ratio
  • Smoking / physiopathology
  • Stroke / physiopathology


  • C-Reactive Protein