Self-rated health does not predict 10-year weight change among middle-aged adults in a longitudinal population study
1 Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, S-901 87 Umeå, Sweden
2 Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, Umeå University, S-901 87 Umeå, Sweden
3 Centre for Population Studies, Ageing and Living Conditions Programme, Umeå University, S-901 87 Umeå, Sweden
4 The Research Institute, Bassett Healthcare, One Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326, USA
5 New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, Bassett Healthcare, One Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326, USA
6 Department of Clinical Sciences, Social Medicine and Global Health, Lund University, Box 117, S-221 00 Lund, Sweden
7 Bertino Consulting, 3078 New Williamsburg Drive, Schenectady, NY 12303, USA
BMC Public Health 2011, 11:748 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-748Published: 30 September 2011
There is a worldwide obesity epidemic, but lack of a simple method, applicable for research or clinical use, to identify individuals at high risk of weight gain. Therefore, the relationship of self-rated health and 10-year percent weight change was evaluated to determine if self-rated health would predict weight change.
From 1990 to 2008, adults aged 30, 40, 50 and 60 years were invited to health surveys that included self-rated health and measured weight and height. ANOVA was used to evaluate the relationship of 10-year percent weight change and self-rated health.
The study population consisted of 29,207 participants (46.5% men). There was no relationship between baseline self-rated health and 10-year percent weight change for middle-aged men or women.
Self-rated health is not able to predict weight change over a 10-year period in this age group.