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Self-perception of weight and its association with weight-related behaviors in young, reproductive-aged women.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21099591     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVES: To examine weight misperceptions and their predictors and association with weight-related behaviors among low-income, multiethnic, reproductive-age women.
METHODS: We assessed perceptions of body weight and weight-related behaviors of women aged 18 to 25 attending one of five publicly funded reproductive clinics in Texas between August 2008 and March 2010. Data were collected through self-administered questionnaires and chart review. Overweight and normal-weight women were divided into four categories based on self-perception of their body weight: overweight misperceivers, overweight actual perceivers, normal-weight misperceivers, and normal-weight actual perceivers. Multivariable logistic regression analyses were performed to examine the predictors of misperception and the association with weight-related behaviors.
RESULTS: Twenty-three percent (267/1,162) of overweight and 16% (170/1,062) of normal-weight women were misperceivers. Overweight African-American women were more likely to consider themselves normal weight (28% compared with 15%; odds ratio [OR], 2.84; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.79-4.50), whereas normal-weight African-American women were less likely than whites to consider themselves overweight (7% compared with 16%; OR 0.40; 95% CI 0.22-0.74). Overweight women who had at least some college education (14% compared with 29%; OR 0.53; 95% CI 0.32-0.86) and used the Internet (18% compared with 28%; OR 0.47; 95% CI 0.31-0.70) were less likely to misperceive their body weight. Normal-weight misperceivers were more likely to report healthy and unhealthy weight-reduction behaviors compared with normal-weight actual perceivers, after adjusting for age, race, ethnicity, and body mass index. Opposite scenarios were observed for overweight misperceivers.
CONCLUSION: Weight misperception is common among both overweight and normal-weight women of reproductive age. Clinicians should provide patient-specific counseling related to healthy weight management goals that take each patient's perceptions into consideration.
Authors:
Mahbubur Rahman; Abbey B Berenson
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  116     ISSN:  1873-233X     ISO Abbreviation:  Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-24     Completed Date:  2011-01-04     Revised Date:  2014-09-08    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401101     Medline TA:  Obstet Gynecol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1274-80     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Anti-Obesity Agents / administration & dosage
Body Weight*
Diet, Reducing
Ethnic Groups
Female
Humans
Overweight / psychology
Self Concept*
Weight Loss
Young Adult
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
K24 HD043659/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; K24 HD043659-08/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; K24 HD043659-09/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; K24HD043659/HD/NICHD NIH HHS
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Obesity Agents
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