Table 2

Factors associated with underestimation of weight in overweight/ obese individuals

Variables

Misperceived

n (%)

Crude Odds ratio

(95% CI)

Adjusted Odds ratio

(95% CI)


Age

≥ 40

110 (75.3)

1.91 (1.17-3.11)**

3.40 (1.81-6.39)***

< 40

104 (61.5)

1


Gender

Male

162 (76.8)

3.31 (2.01-5.45) ***

2.97 (1.62 -5.44)***

Female

52 ( 50)


Educational status

Illiterate

12 (66.7)

0.81 (0.24-2.72)

0.53 (0.12-2.31)

Undergrad

60 (63.2)

0.70 (0.31-1.58)

0.53 (0.19-1.42)

Graduate

113 (70.6)

0.98 (0.45-2.13)

0.96 (0.37-2.43)

Postgraduate

27 (71.1)

1


Feelings about weight

Happy/Don't think

159 (82.8)

5.96 (3.55-9.99) ***

6.41 (3.38-12.16)***

Unhappy

55 (44.7)

1


Knowledge of ones's ideal weight

Don't know weight

39 (75)

1.51 (0.77-2.97)

2.45 (1.10-5.47)*

Know weight

175 (66.5)

1


Weight checked in last two years

Not checked

32 (71)

1.19 (0.60-2.38)

1.37 (0.59-3.16)

Checked

182 (67.4)

1


Weight advice given by health professionals

Not given

142 (70.3)

1.35 (0.83-2.2)

0.74 (0.39-1.42)

Given

72 (63.7)

1


Presence of comorbid conditions (DM, HTN, dyslipidemia)

Yes

59 (81.9)

2.58 (1.34-4.96)**

1.59 ( 0.75-3.39)

No

155 (63.8)

1


*** p value < 0.001, ** p value < 0.01, * p value < 0.05

Bhanji et al. BMC Public Health 2011 11:363   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-363

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