Bias in reported body weight as a function of education, occupation, health and weight concern

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Comparison of self-reported and measured weights in a working population of 2046 men and 2393 women revealed systematic underreporting of 1.3% in men and 1.7% in women. Underreporting was significantly related to weight, height, and current participation in a weight reduction program in both men and women. In men only, it was also related to age education, history of weight-control attempts, and history of weight-related health conditions. Overall, however, these predictor variables accounted for a small fraction of the variance in underreporting and the correlation between measured and self- reported weight was very high (rs = .99). It is concluded that self-reported body weight is an excellent approximation of actual weight across a broad range of population subgroups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-222
Number of pages6
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1996

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Research supported by grant HL34740 from the National Heart. l.ung. and Blood Institute to I)r. Robert W. Jeffery. Requests for reprints should be sent to Robert W. Jeffery. Ph.D.. Division of Epidemiology. C’niver~~t~ of Minnesota School of Public Health. 1300 So. Second St.. Suite 300. Minneapoli\. MN 55454lOIF.

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