Year: 2010 Source: American Journal of Epidemiology, v.172, no.8, (October 15, 2010), p.890-899 SIEC No: 20100797

The authors explored body mass index-attempted suicide associations in a cohort of 1,133,019 Swedish men born between 1950-1976, with body mass index measured in early adulthood. During a mean follow-up of 23.9 years, 18,277 men had at least 1 hospital admission for attempted suicide. After adjustment for confounding factors, there was a stepwise, linear decrease in attempted suicide with increasing body mass index across the full body mass index range. Analyses excluding men with depression at baseline were essentially identical to those based on the complete cohort. Results suggest that lower weight men have an increased risk of attempted suicide & that associations may extend into the “normal” body mass index range. (53 refs.) JA