Journal article

Association of weight misperception with weight loss in a diabetes prevention program

Andrea L Hernan, Vincent L Versace, Tiina Laatikainen, Erkki Vartiainen, Edward D Janus, James A Dunbar

BMC Public Health | BMC | Published : 2014


BACKGROUND: Weight misperception may have an impact on perceived risk and susceptibility for chronic diseases. Little has been reported on the long term effects of this misperception in chronic disease interventions, particularly in field of diabetes prevention. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between weight misperception and weight loss during a diabetes prevention project conducted in south-east Australia with individuals at moderate to high risk of developing diabetes. METHODS: A total of n=251 at risk individuals provided self-reported weight during recruitment from 2004-2006. Objectively measured weight was assessed at baseline (0-21 days after recruitment), an..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the participating general practices in Hamilton, Horsham and Mt Gambier, and the study nurses. We would also like to acknowledge Benjamin Philpot for his statistical and conceptual advice. The study was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra, Australia.