Obstetrics & Gynecology December 1, 2010
According to UTMB’s Dr. Mahbubur Rahman and Dr. Abbey Berenson, almost one-quarter of young women who are overweight actually perceive themselves as being normal weight, while a sizable minority (16 percent) of women at normal body weight actually fret that they’re too fat, according to a new study. The study found these misperceptions to be often correlated with race: Black and Hispanic women were much more likely to play down their overweight status compared with whites, who were more apt to worry that they weighed too much (even when they didn’t). Clinicians should provide patient-specific counseling related to healthy weight management goals that take each patient’s perceptions into consideration. The study is receiving global coverage and appears on WebMD, ScienceDaily, Yahoo! News, MSN Health, Bloomberg Businessweek, Medical News Today and the Times of India, among other outlets.