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    Perceived weight status and risk of weight gain across life in US and UK adults

    Robinson, E and Hunger, J M and Daly, Michael (2015) Perceived weight status and risk of weight gain across life in US and UK adults. International Journal of Obesity, 39 (12). pp. 1721-1726. ISSN 0307-0565

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    Background: Correctly identifying oneself as being overweight is presumed to be a prerequisite to successful weight management. The present research examined the effect that perceiving oneself as being ‘overweight’ has on risk of future weight gain in US and UK adults. Methods: Data from three longitudinal studies; US National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) 2001/2002–2008/2009, UK National Child Development Study (NCDS) 1981–2002/2004, and Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) 1995/1996–2004/2005, were used to examine the impact of perceiving oneself as being overweight on weight gain across adulthood in over 14 000 US and UK adults. Results: Participants who perceived their weight status as being overweight were at an increased risk of subsequent weight gain. This effect was observed irrespective of weight status at baseline and whether weight status perceptions were accurate or inaccurate. In the MIDUS sample, perceiving oneself as being overweight was associated with overeating in response to stress and this mediated the relationship between perceived overweight and weight gain. Conclusions: Perceiving oneself as being ‘overweight’ is counter-intuitively associated with an increased risk of future weight gain among US and UK adults.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Perceived weight status; risk of weight gain; life; US and UK adults;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 15576
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    Depositing User: Michael Daly
    Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2022 15:13
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Obesity
    Publisher: Nature Publshing Group
    Refereed: No
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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