Self-reported and measured weight, height and body mass index (BMI) in Italy, the Netherlands and North America

A. Krul, H.A.M. Daanen, H. Choi

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    285 Downloads (Pure)

    Abstract

    Background: Self-reported values of height and weight are used increasingly despite warnings that these data - and derived body mass index (BMI) values - might be biased. The present study investigates whether differences between self-reported and measured values are the same for populations from different regions, and the influences of gender and age. Methods: Differences between self-reported and measured weights, heights and resulting BMIs are compared for representative samples of the adult population of Italy, the Netherlands and North America. Results: We observed that weight is under-reported (1.1 ± 2.6 kg for females and 0.4 ± 3.1 kg for males) and height over-reported (1.1 ± 2.2 cm for females and 1.7 ± 2.1 cm for males), in accordance with the literature. This leads to an overall underestimation of BMI values (0.7 ± 1.2 kg/m
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)414-419
    JournalEuropean Journal of Public Health
    Volume21
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Fingerprint

    Dive into the research topics of 'Self-reported and measured weight, height and body mass index (BMI) in Italy, the Netherlands and North America'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this