Who is counseled to lose weight? Survey results and anthropometric data from 3,149 lower socioeconomic women

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Because obesity is a grave public health concern, this study examined the percentage of disadvantaged women who recalled ever having received weight loss advice from a healthcare provider and factors associated with such advice. This study was part of a 5-clinic, cervical cancer prevention trial. Patients not immediately postpartum completed a Spanish/English survey; height and weight were also obtained. Of the 3,149 respondents (response rate 83%), 2,138 (68%) were overweight or obese (body mass index (BMI) ≥ 25); 94% reported a household income of <$35,000/year; 69% were Hispanic; 10% non-Hispanic black; and 40% completed the survey in Spanish. Only one-third reported ever having been told to lose weight. Based on BMI, these rates were 15% in the 25-29.9 range (overweight); 34% within 30-34.9; 57% within 35-39.9; and 73% ≥ 40. In univariate analyses, among overweight women, diabetes or English-speaking was associated with weight loss advice. In multivariate analyses, being older, more educated, and diabetic were associated with such advice. 48% of non-Hispanic whites, 31% of non-Hispanic blacks, and 29% of Hispanic had a home scale. Among disadvantaged women, obesity alone does not determine who recalls weight loss advice. Language barriers and lack of a home scale merit further study to address obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-207
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Community Health
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012

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Weight Loss
Obesity
Vulnerable Populations
Hispanic Americans
Weights and Measures
Body Mass Index
Communication Barriers
language barrier
household income
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
Health Personnel
Postpartum Period
chronic illness
speaking
cancer
Multivariate Analysis
Public Health
public health
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Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Counseling
  • Disadvantaged
  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Weight loss advice
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)

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