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Obesity, Overweight, and Perceptions about BodyWeight among Middle-Aged Adults in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Muhihi, A. J., Njelekela, M. A. , Mpembeni, R. , Mwiru, R. S. , Mligiliche, N. and Mtabaji, J. (2012) Obesity, Overweight, and Perceptions about BodyWeight among Middle-Aged Adults in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. ISRN Obesity. pp. 1-6. ISSN 2090-9446 (In Press)

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Prevalence of obesity is increasing throughout the world at an alarming rate. Appropriate perception of one’s own body weight is important for improved weight control behavior. This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity and assess perception of body weight among middle aged adults in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Structured questionnaire was used to collect sociodemographic and lifestyle information including perception about body weight. Anthropometric measurements were taken by a trained person following standard procedures. Prevalence of obesity was 13% and 36% among men and women, respectively. There was significant gender difference in perception of body weight (12% and 25% of men and women perceived their body weight as overweight). Only 2% of women perceived themselves as obese whereas none of the men did so. Among overweight men, only 22% perceived themselves as overweight/obese compared to 38% of overweight women who perceived themselves as overweight/obese. Overall, majority of the participants (87%) were willing to lose weight. There is a great difference between perceived and actual body weight with men underestimating their body weight more than women. Educational programs regarding overweight and obesity and the associated health consequences are highly recommended in Tanzania.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Obesity, Overweight, Anthropometric measurements, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2013 09:20
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2013 09:20

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