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Men and women underreport weight by about 4 lbs
Tuesday, January 23, 2007 12:25 am Email this article
Men underreported their weight by 3.5 pounds, whereas women underreported their weight by 4 pounds according to a study from Malmo University Hospital in Malmo, Sweden.
Both sexes overreported their height, but only by an average of 0.1 to 0.2 inches.
The study surveyed 860 men and 843 women, 30- to 75-years-old in the community of Vara, Sweden.
Nyholm M, Gullberg B, Merlo J, Lundqvist-Persson C, Rastam L, Lindblad U. The validity of obesity based on self-reported weight and height: Implications for population studies. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2007 Jan, 15(1):197-208.
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Professor in Family Medicine
Department of Clinical Sciences, Malmo
Malmo University Hospital
S-205 02 Malmo, Sweden
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