Do obese persons comprehend their personal health risks?


Journal Article

OBJECTIVES: To test whether overweight and obese individuals believe they are at greater risk of obesity-related diseases and premature mortality. METHODS: Telephone survey of 1139 US adults analyzed using linear and ordered logistic regressions. RESULTS: Obese (overweight) adults forecast life expectancies 3.9 (2.4) years shorter than those of normal weight adults. Excess weight was associated with greater self-perceived risk of developing diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and stroke. All results were statistically significant. CONCLUSIONS: Overweight and obese adults recognize several personal health risks associated with obesity. Interventions focusing only on health risks of obesity may provide minimal new information and induce little new weight loss.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Finkelstein, EA; Brown, DS; Evans, WD

Published Date

  • September 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 508 - 516

PubMed ID

  • 18241135

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18241135

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1945-7359

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1087-3244

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5555/ajhb.2008.32.5.508


  • eng