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Factors associated with underestimation of weight status among caucasian, latino, filipino, and Korean Americans-dilh survey

  • Author(s): Choi, JW
  • Bender, MS
  • Arai, S
  • Fukuoka, Y
  • et al.

© 2016 International Society on Hypertension in Blacks. Objective: To describe weight misperception and to examine the influence of sociodemographic factors on underestimation of weight status in Caucasian, Latino, Filipino, and Korean Americans. Design: Data from 886 non-pregnant adults who participated in a cross-sectional survey administered in English, Spanish, and Korean were analyzed. The actual weight status derived from the participants' body mass index (BMI) categories and their perceived weight status were compared. A multiple logistic regression model was used to explore if underestimation of weight status was associated with ethnicity, sex, and education level. Results: Caucasians, Latinos, Filipinos, and Koreans represented 19.4%, 26.8%, 27.4%, and 26.4%, respectively, of the total sample of 886. Overall, two in three participants correctly perceived their weight status, but 42% of Latinos underestimated their weight status and 22% of Koreans overestimated their weight status. Latino ethnicity, male, and low education (#high school) were related to greater underestimation of weight status (P,.05). In contrast, Korean ethnicity was related to less underestimation of weight status (P,.05). Conclusions: Misperception of weight status should be counted in any efforts to develop a weight management intervention for Latino and Korean Americans.

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