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Self-reported comorbidities among self-described overweight African-American and Hispanic adults in the United States: results of a national survey.
Obesity (Silver Spring) 2008; 16(6):1400-6O

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To examine the concordance between self-described weight status and BMI, the prevalence of self-reported comorbidities, and the association between comorbidities and self-rated health among overweight African-American and Hispanic US adults.

METHODS AND PROCEDURES

A nationally representative sample of 537 African-American and 526 Hispanic adults who were identified using a combination of random digit dialing and listed household sampling and self-described as being slightly or very overweight participated in a telephone interview. Self-reported height and weight were used to calculate BMI.

RESULTS

More than half of African Americans (56%) and one-third of Hispanics (34%) who self-described as "slightly" overweight would be classified as obese based on BMI. One-third (33%) of African Americans reported high blood pressure, followed by arthritis (20%), high cholesterol (18%), and diabetes (15%). Among Hispanics, high cholesterol was the most frequently reported comorbidity (17%), followed by high blood pressure (15%), and difficulty sleeping (12%). Almost three-quarters of African Americans surveyed (72%) reported that their overall health was good to excellent compared to 62% for Hispanics.

DISCUSSION

Self-reported rates of obesity-related comorbidities fall below what would be expected based on prevalence data derived from physiologic measures, suggesting a lack of awareness of actual risk. Despite the greater self-reported prevalence of certain risk factors for poor health, African Americans have a more optimistic view of their overall health and weight status compared to Hispanics. Physicians have an important opportunity to communicate to their minority patients the serious health consequences associated with excess weight.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Saint Francis Hospital/Catholic Health East, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18369344

Citation

Burroughs, Valentine J., et al. "Self-reported Comorbidities Among Self-described Overweight African-American and Hispanic Adults in the United States: Results of a National Survey." Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), vol. 16, no. 6, 2008, pp. 1400-6.
Burroughs VJ, Nonas C, Sweeney CT, et al. Self-reported comorbidities among self-described overweight African-American and Hispanic adults in the United States: results of a national survey. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008;16(6):1400-6.
Burroughs, V. J., Nonas, C., Sweeney, C. T., Rohay, J. M., Harkins, A. M., Kyle, T. K., & Burton, S. L. (2008). Self-reported comorbidities among self-described overweight African-American and Hispanic adults in the United States: results of a national survey. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), 16(6), pp. 1400-6. doi:10.1038/oby.2008.61.
Burroughs VJ, et al. Self-reported Comorbidities Among Self-described Overweight African-American and Hispanic Adults in the United States: Results of a National Survey. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008;16(6):1400-6. PubMed PMID: 18369344.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Self-reported comorbidities among self-described overweight African-American and Hispanic adults in the United States: results of a national survey. AU - Burroughs,Valentine J, AU - Nonas,Cathy, AU - Sweeney,Christine T, AU - Rohay,Jeffrey M, AU - Harkins,Andrea M, AU - Kyle,Theodore K, AU - Burton,Steven L, Y1 - 2008/03/27/ PY - 2008/3/29/pubmed PY - 2008/9/9/medline PY - 2008/3/29/entrez SP - 1400 EP - 6 JF - Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.) JO - Obesity (Silver Spring) VL - 16 IS - 6 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To examine the concordance between self-described weight status and BMI, the prevalence of self-reported comorbidities, and the association between comorbidities and self-rated health among overweight African-American and Hispanic US adults. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: A nationally representative sample of 537 African-American and 526 Hispanic adults who were identified using a combination of random digit dialing and listed household sampling and self-described as being slightly or very overweight participated in a telephone interview. Self-reported height and weight were used to calculate BMI. RESULTS: More than half of African Americans (56%) and one-third of Hispanics (34%) who self-described as "slightly" overweight would be classified as obese based on BMI. One-third (33%) of African Americans reported high blood pressure, followed by arthritis (20%), high cholesterol (18%), and diabetes (15%). Among Hispanics, high cholesterol was the most frequently reported comorbidity (17%), followed by high blood pressure (15%), and difficulty sleeping (12%). Almost three-quarters of African Americans surveyed (72%) reported that their overall health was good to excellent compared to 62% for Hispanics. DISCUSSION: Self-reported rates of obesity-related comorbidities fall below what would be expected based on prevalence data derived from physiologic measures, suggesting a lack of awareness of actual risk. Despite the greater self-reported prevalence of certain risk factors for poor health, African Americans have a more optimistic view of their overall health and weight status compared to Hispanics. Physicians have an important opportunity to communicate to their minority patients the serious health consequences associated with excess weight. SN - 1930-7381 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18369344/Self_reported_comorbidities_among_self_described_overweight_African_American_and_Hispanic_adults_in_the_United_States:_results_of_a_national_survey_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1038/oby.2008.61 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -