Accuracy of body weight perception and obesity among Chinese Americans

Shan Liu, Mei R. Fu, Sophia H. Hu, Vincent Y. Wang, Robert Crupi, Jeanna M. Qiu, Chuck Cleland, Gail D'Eramo Melkus

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Background: Accuracy of body weight perception is an individual's perception of their body weight in comparison with actual body weight and is associated with weight-related behaviors. Chinese Americans have increased risk for obesity but no studies have examined accuracy of body weight perception. Methods: This study was a descriptive and cross-sectional study, which was conducted in a community health center in New York. Study subjects were all Chinese-American adults. Demographic information, accuracy of perception of body weight, anthropometric measures (weight, height, body mass index [BMI], waist circumference [WC], hip circumference [HC], weight to height ratio, weight to hip ratio), fasting plasma glucose (FPG), glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1C) and obesity-related diseases (hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke) were assessed. Results: A total of 162 Chinese Americans were recruited. 52 subjects (32%) did not perceive body weight correctly: 32 subjects had underestimation and 20 subjects had overestimation of body weight. Significant differences were found among subjects in the three groups of different accuracy of body weight perception in terms of gender (p = 0.003), age (p = 0.003), education years (p = 0.047), WC (p

Original languageEnglish
JournalObesity Research and Clinical Practice
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 15 2015

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Weight Perception
Asian Americans
Obesity
Body Weight
Waist Circumference
Weights and Measures
Hip
Body Weights and Measures
Community Health Centers
Glycosylated Hemoglobin A
Heart Diseases
Fasting
Body Mass Index
Cross-Sectional Studies
Stroke
Demography
Hypertension
Education
Glucose

Keywords

  • Accuracy of body weight perception
  • Chinese American
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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Liu, S., Fu, M. R., Hu, S. H., Wang, V. Y., Crupi, R., Qiu, J. M., ... D'Eramo Melkus, G. (Accepted/In press). Accuracy of body weight perception and obesity among Chinese Americans. Obesity Research and Clinical Practice. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.orcp.2015.04.004

Accuracy of body weight perception and obesity among Chinese Americans. / Liu, Shan; Fu, Mei R.; Hu, Sophia H.; Wang, Vincent Y.; Crupi, Robert; Qiu, Jeanna M.; Cleland, Chuck; D'Eramo Melkus, Gail.

In: Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, 15.01.2015.

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Liu, Shan ; Fu, Mei R. ; Hu, Sophia H. ; Wang, Vincent Y. ; Crupi, Robert ; Qiu, Jeanna M. ; Cleland, Chuck ; D'Eramo Melkus, Gail. / Accuracy of body weight perception and obesity among Chinese Americans. In: Obesity Research and Clinical Practice. 2015.
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