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

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posted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by Therese Knight, K Illingworth, L Ricciardelli
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.

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Journal

Journal of health psychology

Volume

14

Issue

3

Pagination

425 - 434

Publisher

Sage Publications Ltd.

Location

Thousand Oaks, Calif.

ISSN

1359-1053

eISSN

1461-7277

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2009, SAGE Publications

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