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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611


MARTINEZ-TORRES, Javier et al. Concordance between self-reported weight and height for nutritional assessment in adults aged between 25 and 50 years without higher education. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2014, vol.30, n.5, pp.1039-1043. ISSN 1699-5198.

Introduction: Overweight and obesity are metabolic disorders that have become a public health problem due to the current high prevalence; therefore, it is important to create simple monitoring systems to assess their trends. Objective: To determine the correlation between weight, height and body mass index reported by patients and the values measured directly in adults between 25 and 50 years old without higher education. Patients and methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted with participation of 207 adults between 25 and 50 years old. Each participant was asked weight and height; and body mass index was calculated with these data. Moreover, a qualified person determined the real value of these variables. The coefficient of intraclass correlation between self-reported and measurements was obtained. Results: The body mass index measured for men was 25,8±3,7 kg/m2 and for women 26,0±4,1 kg/m2. Intraclass correlation coefficients were for weight 0,962 (IC95%:0,950-0,971), height 0,909 (IC95%: 0,882-0,930), and body mass index 0,929 (IC95% 0,907-0,945); the real prevalence of people with a body mass index greater than 25 kg/m2 was 52.1%, whereas the value obtained by self-reported data was 44%. Conclusions: Self-reported weight and height data are useful for obesity assessment in adults aged between 25 and 50 years without higher education at the population level.

Keywords : Adult; Nutritional Status; Obesity; Body Mass Index.

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