Health implications of body size perception and weight tolerance in older adults

Knight, Tess, Illingworth, Kaye and Ricciardelli, Lina 2009, Health implications of body size perception and weight tolerance in older adults, Journal of health psychology, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 425-434, doi: 10.1177/1359105309102198.

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Title Health implications of body size perception and weight tolerance in older adults
Author(s) Knight, TessORCID iD for Knight, Tess
Illingworth, Kaye
Ricciardelli, LinaORCID iD for Ricciardelli, Lina
Journal name Journal of health psychology
Volume number 14
Issue number 3
Start page 425
End page 434
Total pages 10
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1359-1053
Keyword(s) obesity
older adults
weight-related illness
weight tolerance
Summary Obesity is a well-recognized risk factor for Type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In this study a high percentage of older adults were either overweight or obese. The aims were to assess older adults' tolerance for excess weight, and to compare self-perceptions of an acceptable weight with national guidelines. Participants were 76 males and females aged between 65 and 97 years. Results indicated that 60 per cent accurately identified their own body size. Further, participants were more tolerant of excess weight in males compared to females, regardless of age. It was concluded that this cohort remains vulnerable to weight-related illnesses.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1359105309102198
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, SAGE Publications
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