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Body weight and weight loss : are health messages reaching their target?

Riddell, Lynnette J. and Inman, Victoria 2007, Body weight and weight loss : are health messages reaching their target?, Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 683-687.

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Title Body weight and weight loss : are health messages reaching their target?
Author(s) Riddell, Lynnette J.
Inman, Victoria
Journal name Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition
Volume number 16
Issue number 4
Start page 683
End page 687
Total pages 5
Publisher HEC Press
Place of publication McKinnon, Vic.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 0964-7058
Summary Objective: To investigate lay peoples’ knowledge of health risks of overweight, accuracy of self-perception of body weight and perceived benefits of weight loss. Method: A nine item questionnaire was administered to a cross sectional survey of adults in metropolitan shopping centres, height and weight were measured. Results: Two hundred and nine (57% female) adults completed the survey. Thirty eight percent had a healthy BMI (18.5-24.9), 38% were overweight (BMI 25-29.9) and a further 22% were obese (BMI>30). However only 46% perceived themselves ‘overweight’, 50% considered themselves ‘just about right’ and 4% considered themselves ‘underweight’. Of those with a BMI of 25 or greater 28% considered their weight ‘just about right’. Over 80% thought ‘being overweight’ was ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and stroke; however 20% of overweight or obese individuals did not think their health would improve if they lost weight. Conclusion: A significant proportion of overweight or obese individuals do not accurately perceive their body weight and do not recognise the health advantages of weight loss despite recognising excess body weight as a risk factor for chronic diseases. Implications: Increasing the awareness of an individual’s BMI and promoting the benefits of modest weight loss maybe two underutilized strategies for population level weight control.
Language eng
Field of Research 111103 Nutritional Physiology
111711 Health Information Systems (incl Surveillance)
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, HEC Press
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