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Less than 10% of obese adults accept that they have a serious weight problem, survey finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6825 (Published 14 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6825
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Most obese people in Britain do not recognise themselves as obese or even very overweight, new research has shown. The researchers said that public health initiatives were likely to be hampered by people’s lack of recognition of their weight status.1

The study, published in BMJ Open, examined participants’ perception of their weight by using data from two population based surveys, each of around 2000 people, carried out in 2007 and 2012. From those groups 160 men and 182 women in 2007 and 166 men and 149 women in …

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