Weight Perception among Non-pregnant Urban Malaysian Women: Is It Reliable?

Fariza Fadzil, and Khadijah Shamsuddin, and Sharifa Ezat Wan Puteh, and Shuhaila Ahmad, and Noor Shaheeran Abdul Hayi, and Azah Abdul Samad, and Ruhaini Ismail, and Nor Izzah Ahmad Shauki, (2015) Weight Perception among Non-pregnant Urban Malaysian Women: Is It Reliable? International Journal of Public Health Research, 5 (2). pp. 637-642. ISSN 2232-0245


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Introduction In maternal healthcare, pre-pregnancy weight is used to predict pregnancy outcomes. Since no recorded data on pre-pregnancy weight, perceived weight is used alternatively. This study examines the relationship between perceived and actual weight among non-pregnant urban Malaysian women of childbearing age and identifies differences in perceived and actual weight by selected socio-demographic characteristics. Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted between April and June 2013 among urban Malaysian women attending public health clinics in the Klang Valley. Information on height, perceived current weight and time when their weight was last taken were obtained and actual weight was the average of two measurements (TANITA-HD-323-digital-scale). Socio-demographic data collected were age, ethnicity, education level, marital and employment status and total household income. Results Mean age of 371 women in this study was 28.81±5.65, 82.2% were Malays, 62.8% had tertiary education, over 75% were married and employed, with more than half from middle-income households. Overall, the mean perceived and actual weight was 59.29±11.59 and 59.20±11.90 respectively. Pearson‟s Correlation test showed a very strong positive correlation between perceived and actual weight (r=0.957;p<0.0001), ranging between 0.852 to 0.994 among subgroups; 258 (69.5%) perceived their weight accurately (±2.0 kg of actual weight), 49 (13.2%) under and 64 (17.3%) overestimated their weight.Main outliers were among younger women, Malays, tertiary educated, employed, middle-income and had weight last measured a month or more ago. Conclusion Strong correlation between perceived and actual weight among women in this study reassured weight perception can be used more confidently in patients‟ history taking and future research among urban Malaysian women using public health services.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Reliable, Urban, Weight, Perception, Women.
Journal:International Journal of Public Health Research
ID Code:9137
Deposited By: mr Afandi
Deposited On:21 Oct 2015 13:46
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