Misperceptions of Own Weight Status: An Obstacle for Obesity Interventions

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Worldwide obesity has tripled since 1975 and, in 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight and, of these, 650 million were obese (World health Organization 2021). Unfortunately, the communications intended to address this epidemic have not been as effective as hoped. One problem may be that some high-risk individuals do not see themselves the target of these messages. This study uses NHANES data on weight status self-assessments to gauge the accuracy of weight perceptions to verify that 1) a segment who see themselves as normal weight yet are overweight or obese exists, 2) that it is of substantial size, and 3) that this segment is growing in size. The article concludes with a call for future research to help improve the interventions directed at this highly vulnerable segment of the population.
Effective start/end date1/11/11 → …


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