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Concordance between measured and self-perceived weight status of persons with serious mental illness.
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PMID:  23280463     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated concordance between self-perceived and measured weight status for persons with serious mental illness.
METHODS: A total of 586 mental health clients assessed their weight as underweight, normal, overweight, or obese. The agreement between these self-assessments and the same categories based on measured body mass index was related to gender, ethnicity, education, age, and psychiatric diagnosis.
RESULTS: Three hundred consumers (51%) underestimated their weight (they thought they weighed less than they did); only 35 (6%) overestimated it. In logistic regression analyses, gender, education, and psychiatric diagnosis showed significant effects on accuracy of self-perception, but ethnicity and age did not.
CONCLUSIONS: People with serious mental illness are more likely than others to have weight problems, which contribute to higher rates of morbidity and mortality. However, they also tend to underestimate their weight. This gap between reality and self-perception must be addressed.
Shula Minsky; Betty Vreeland; Michele Miller; Michael Gara
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.)     Volume:  64     ISSN:  1557-9700     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychiatr Serv     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9502838     Medline TA:  Psychiatr Serv     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  91-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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