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Obesity prevalence underreported by 26-30% according to self-reported height-weight data
Wednesday, December 13, 2006 1:18 am Email this article
The prevelance of obesity may be even higher -- 26 percent higher in men and 30 percent higher in women -- than has been reported due to people underreporting their weight and overreporting their height according to a study from The Netherlands.
The study involved 1809 men and 1882 women ages 20- to 59-years-old from The Netherlands who first self-reported their height and weight and then had it measured.
Visscher T, Viet A, Kroesbergen I, Seidell JC. Underreporting of BMI in adults and its effect on obesity prevalence estimations in the period 1998 to 2001. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2006 Nov, 14(11):2054-63.
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