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Perceived health risk of excess body weight among overweight and obese men and women: differences by sex.
Prev Med. 2008 Jul; 47(1):46-52.PM

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

To describe perceptions of health risk from excess body weight among adults, and assess if lack of perceived risk was associated with trying to lose weight.

METHODS

Sex-specific logistic regression models were used to determine odds of disagreement that one's weight is a health risk and odds of trying to lose weight among overweight (BMI=25.0-29.9 kg/m(2), n=1296) and obese (BMI> or =30 kg/m(2), n=1335) adult participants in the 2004 Styles' surveys.

RESULTS

Men were more likely than women to disagree their body weight was a health risk (among the overweight, 62% vs. 43%; the obese 20% vs. 14% obese). Disagreement with risk was associated with good health status and race/ethnicity among both sexes and lower education and income among women. Odds of currently trying to lose weight were significantly lower among obese men who disagreed, and overweight men and women who were neutral or disagreed that their body weight was a health risk.

CONCLUSIONS

Many overweight and obese adults do not perceive their weight to be a health risk; this perception was associated with lower prevalence of trying to lose weight, particularly among men. Discussion by clinicians about the health risks of excess weight may alter perceived risk and help promote weight loss efforts.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Nutrition and Health Sciences Program, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18289656

Citation

Gregory, Cria O., et al. "Perceived Health Risk of Excess Body Weight Among Overweight and Obese Men and Women: Differences By Sex." Preventive Medicine, vol. 47, no. 1, 2008, pp. 46-52.
Gregory CO, Blanck HM, Gillespie C, et al. Perceived health risk of excess body weight among overweight and obese men and women: differences by sex. Prev Med. 2008;47(1):46-52.
Gregory, C. O., Blanck, H. M., Gillespie, C., Maynard, L. M., & Serdula, M. K. (2008). Perceived health risk of excess body weight among overweight and obese men and women: differences by sex. Preventive Medicine, 47(1), 46-52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2008.01.008
Gregory CO, et al. Perceived Health Risk of Excess Body Weight Among Overweight and Obese Men and Women: Differences By Sex. Prev Med. 2008;47(1):46-52. PubMed PMID: 18289656.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Perceived health risk of excess body weight among overweight and obese men and women: differences by sex. AU - Gregory,Cria O, AU - Blanck,Heidi M, AU - Gillespie,Cathleen, AU - Maynard,L Michele, AU - Serdula,Mary K, Y1 - 2008/01/26/ PY - 2007/06/28/received PY - 2008/01/09/revised PY - 2008/01/09/accepted PY - 2008/2/22/pubmed PY - 2008/12/17/medline PY - 2008/2/22/entrez SP - 46 EP - 52 JF - Preventive medicine JO - Prev Med VL - 47 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVES: To describe perceptions of health risk from excess body weight among adults, and assess if lack of perceived risk was associated with trying to lose weight. METHODS: Sex-specific logistic regression models were used to determine odds of disagreement that one's weight is a health risk and odds of trying to lose weight among overweight (BMI=25.0-29.9 kg/m(2), n=1296) and obese (BMI> or =30 kg/m(2), n=1335) adult participants in the 2004 Styles' surveys. RESULTS: Men were more likely than women to disagree their body weight was a health risk (among the overweight, 62% vs. 43%; the obese 20% vs. 14% obese). Disagreement with risk was associated with good health status and race/ethnicity among both sexes and lower education and income among women. Odds of currently trying to lose weight were significantly lower among obese men who disagreed, and overweight men and women who were neutral or disagreed that their body weight was a health risk. CONCLUSIONS: Many overweight and obese adults do not perceive their weight to be a health risk; this perception was associated with lower prevalence of trying to lose weight, particularly among men. Discussion by clinicians about the health risks of excess weight may alter perceived risk and help promote weight loss efforts. SN - 0091-7435 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18289656/Perceived_health_risk_of_excess_body_weight_among_overweight_and_obese_men_and_women:_differences_by_sex_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0091-7435(08)00046-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -