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  • Men and women overestimate their height and underestimate their weight


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    Tuesday, May 08, 2007 1:38 am Email this article
    Men and women overestimate how tall they are and underestimate how much they weigh according to a study from Italy.

    Height

    Men overestimate height by 0.8 inches, women by 1.1 inches

    Men overestimate their height by an average of 0.8 inches, while women overestimate their height by an average of 1.1 inches.

     

    Height

    Men underestimate weight by 3.3 lbs, women by 4.2 lbs

    Men underestimate their weight by an average of 3.3 pounds, while women underestimate their weight by an average of 4.2 pounds.

     

    BMI

    BMI underestimated by 1.1 units for men, 1.5 units for women

    This overestimation of height and underestimation of weight underestimates BMI by an average of 1.1 units for men and 1.5 units for women.

     

    Underestimation of Normal Weight

    Prevelance of normal weight underestimated by 8%

    Based on self-reported data, the prevelance of normal weight was overestimated by 12.2 percent in women and 4.3 percent in men.

    (The study states these percentages as opposite for men and women, but I believe the paper has to be wrong because women overestimate their height and underestimate their weight to a greater extent than men which means that normal weight would be overestimated more in women than in men.)

     

    Underestimation of Overweight

    Prevelance of overweight underestimated by 8%

    Based on self-reported data, the prevelance of overweight was underestimated by 8 percent in both men and women.

    REFERENCE

    Danubio M, Miranda G, Vinciguerra M, Vecchi E, Rufo F. Comparison of self-reported and measured height and weight: Implications for obesity research among young adults. Econ Hum Biol. 2007 Apr 8.

    AUTHOR’S CORRESPONDENCE

    Faculty of Human Movement and Sport Sciences
    University of L’Aquila
    Italy

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