Misperception of body weight among overweight or obese adults in Mauritius: Obes Res Clin Pract

R. Caleyachetty, A. P. Kengne, P. Muennig, H. Rutter, J. B. Echouffo-Tcheugui

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BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: In the African region, little is known about weight misperception among overweight or obese adults. We assessed the prevalence of weight misperception and predictors of weight misperception among overweight or obese adults in Mauritius. Height, weight, and self-perception of weight status data from 5736 adults (>/=19 years of age), sampled in a population-based survey in 2009 were analysed. Weight status was defined using BMI calculated on the basis of measured height and weight. Information regarding self-perceived body weight, socio-demographic and self-rated health data were collected using a questionnaire. RESULTS: Overall 41% of overweight or obese adults misclassified their own weight status. Among adults who were overweight or obese, weight misperception was increasingly less likely among those with increasing education (men: p=0.02; women: p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-219
Number of pages4
JournalObesity Research & Clinical Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Apr 2016


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