Self-reported weight and height: implications for obesity research.

Abstract:

BACKGROUND:Self-reported weight and height are under- and over-reported, respectively, in epidemiologic studies. This tendency, which may adversely affect study operations, has not been evaluated among subjects being enrolled into a weight-loss program. METHODS:Self-reported weight, height, and body mass index (BMI) were compared to measured values in 97 overweight or obese (BMI>27.3) women being enrolled into a randomized, controlled trial of two behavioral interventions for weight loss. The effects of demographic factors, baseline weight, baseline height, and baseline BMI on weight and height reporting were assessed. RESULTS:There was a significant difference between measured and reported weight (mean difference=-3.75 lb, p=0.0001) and height (mean difference=+0.35 in., p=0.0007). The mean difference between measured and reported BMI was -1.14 kg/m(2) (p=0.0001). Unemployed, retired, or disabled women were more likely to under-report their BMI than employed women (p=0.001). Six percent of subjects who were initially considered eligible for the study on the basis of the self-report were eventually excluded from the study because they did not meet the inclusion criterion for BMI. CONCLUSIONS:Obese women who seek weight-loss assistance tend to under-report their weight and over-report their height, suggesting that self-reported data are likely to be inaccurate. Misreporting is apparently influenced by employment and disability and has the potential to complicate recruitment of subjects for research studies.

journal_name

Am J Prev Med

authors

Nawaz H,Chan W,Abdulrahman M,Larson D,Katz DL

doi

10.1016/s0749-3797(01)00293-8

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2001-05-01 00:00:00

pages

294-8

issue

4

eissn

0749-3797

issn

1873-2607

pii

S0749379701002938

journal_volume

20

pub_type

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