Objective: To examine the relationship between perceived body weight and measured Body Mass Index (BMI) among urban Aboriginal Australian adults. Methods: We compared responses to a question on perceived weight with BMI based on measured health and weight among 248 Aboriginal volunteers aged ?15 years who took part in a larger health study in the Darwin area between September 2003 and March 2004. Logistic regression was used to examine associations between socio-economic, demographic and cultural factors and under-assessment of weight. Results: Being male and having diabetes were significantly associated with under-assessment of weight. Despite under-assessment being common, most participants with a BMI ?25 - and almost all (>90%) those with BMI?25 plus high waist circumference - described themselves as overweight. Conclusions: Study participants with BMI?25 were generally able to classify themselves appropriately as overweight. Implications: Lack of awareness of weight is unlikely to represent a major barrier to engaging Aboriginal people. However, other barriers exist, and both individual-level and environmental/structural approaches are required to reduce the burden of obesity among Aboriginal Australians. � 2008 The Authors. Journal Compilation � 2008 Public Health Association of Australia.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
Cunningham, J., O'Dea, K., Dunbar, T., & Maple-Brown, L. (2008). Perceived weight versus Body Mass Index among urban Aboriginal Australians: do perceptions and measurements match? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 32(2), 135-138.