Journal of Community Health

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 202–207

Who is Counseled to Lose Weight? Survey Results and Anthropometric Data from 3,149 Lower Socioeconomic Women

  • Carmen Radecki Breitkopf
  • Jason S. Egginton
  • James M. Naessens
  • Victor M. Montori
  • Aminah Jatoi
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10900-011-9437-8

Cite this article as:
Breitkopf, C.R., Egginton, J.S., Naessens, J.M. et al. J Community Health (2012) 37: 202. doi:10.1007/s10900-011-9437-8
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Abstract

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 post-partum 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.

Keywords

Overweight Obesity Disadvantaged Weight loss advice Women Counseling 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carmen Radecki Breitkopf
    • 1
  • Jason S. Egginton
    • 1
  • James M. Naessens
    • 1
  • Victor M. Montori
    • 2
  • Aminah Jatoi
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Health Care Policy and Research, Department of Health Sciences ResearchMayo ClinicRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of MedicineMayo ClinicRochesterUSA
  3. 3.Division of Medical Oncology, Department of OncologyMayo ClinicRochesterUSA

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