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  • Women underreport their weight by about 3 pounds


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    Wednesday, July 30, 2008 12:12 pm Email this article
    Depressed women underreport their weight by an average of 3.2 pounds, whereas non-depressed women underreport their weight by an average of 2.6 pounds according to a study from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

    Both depressed and non-depressed women were accurate in reporting their height, underreporting their height by a fraction of an inch. Subjects

    Subjects: 250 obese women

    The study involved 250 obese women with an average BMI of 38.7 (very obese), 135 of whom met the criteria for clinical depression.

    REFERENCE

    Jeffery R, Finch E, Linde J, Simon G, Ludman E, Operskalski B, Rohde P, Ichikawa L. Does clinical depression affect the accuracy of self-reported height and weight in obese women? Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Feb, 16(2):473-75.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Robert W. Jeffery
    Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
    School of Public Health
    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN, USA
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