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Am J Health Behav. 2009 May-Jun;33(3):319-29.

Obesity as a predictor of self-rated health.

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Department of Community Health, St Joseph Health System, Orange, CA 92868-4533, USA. marie-hortence.prosper@stjoe.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To report on the relationship between self-rated health and obesity.

METHODS:

Computer-assisted telephone survey of 5001 randomly selected individuals aged 18 years and over residing in California and Texas.

RESULTS:

Obese individuals have a 3-fold greater odds of reporting reduced health. After controlling for the effect of demographic factors, health care utilization, chronic disease, and lifestyle behaviors, this relationship persists (OR:2.33; 95% CI: 1.7, 3.2).

CONCLUSION:

Results suggest that obesity is a statistically significant predictor of reduced self-rated health. Directly affecting change in people's self-rating of health would be difficult; however, addressing its correlates, such as obesity, may improve self-rated health status over time.

PMID:
19063653
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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