Perceptions of body size among a multi-ethnic population in Kuwait
Keywords:Obesity, Diabetes, BMI, Education, Health perceptions, Kuwait
Objectives: This analysis aimed to determine how people living in Kuwait perceive their body size and to identify possible determinants of this.
Design: Data on perceived body size were gathered as part of a larger cross-sectional Knowledge, Attitudes, Behaviours and Practices (KABP) survey of 1124 participants.
Results: Over 60% of participants were either overweight or obese. The overall rate of body size misperception was also high, with 19% of participants underestimating their body size. Gender and diabetes status were found to be associated with body size perception.
Conclusions: Many overweight individuals may be underestimating their body size. As such, they may not appreciate the need for behavioural interventions designed to control weight and promote health. There is an evident need to strengthen health education and to address this issue within national policies and community engagement activities.
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