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Socioeconomic status and weight control practices in British adults

Wardle, J; Griffith, J; (2001) Socioeconomic status and weight control practices in British adults. J EPIDEMIOL COMMUN H , 55 (3) 185 - 190. Green open access

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Abstract

Study objective-Attitudes and practices concerning weight control in British adults were examined to test the hypothesis that variation in concern about weight and deliberate weight control might partly explain the socioeconomic status (SES) gradient in obesity. Higher SES groups were hypothesised to show more weight concern and higher levels of dieting.Setting-Data were collected as part of the monthly Omnibus Survey of the Office of National Statistics in March 1999.Participants-A stratified, probability sample of 2690 households was selected by random sampling of addresses in Britain. One randomly selected person in each household was interviewed at their home.Main results-As predicted, higher SES men and women had higher levels of perceived overweight, monitored their weight more closely, and were more likely to be trying to lose weight. Higher SES groups also reported more restrictive dietary practices and more vigorous dietary physical practices activity.Conclusions-The results are consistent with the idea that part of the protection against weight gain in higher SES groups could be a higher frequency of weight monitoring, a lower threshold for defining themselves as overweight, and a greater likelihood of deliberate efforts at weight control.

Type: Article
Title: Socioeconomic status and weight control practices in British adults
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Keywords: BODY-MASS INDEX, HEALTHY WORKER PROJECT, EATING DISORDERS, YOUNG ADULTHOOD, FOOD-INTAKE, OBESITY, TRENDS, ADOLESCENCE, WOMEN, RISK
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1458
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