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Correlates of Overweight and Weight-loss Practices in Missouri

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Objective: To examine potential correlates of overweight and weight-loss practices in Missouri. Methods: Two probability surveys (n=3,010) were used to investigate the associations of sociodemographic and health-related factors with overweight and attempting, exercising, dieting, and desiring to lose weight. Results: Race, gender, and receiving professional advice were strongly associated with being overweight. Gender, receiving professional advice, and leisure-time physical activity were positively associated with attempting and desiring to lose weight. Conclusions: Public health programs can utilize this knowledge to reduce the prevalence of overweight by encouraging professional advice and promoting regular exercise.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Prevention Research Center, Saint Louis University, School of Public Health, St. Louis, MO. 2: Missouri Department of Health, Columbia, MO. 3: Department of Community Health, Saint Louis University, School of Public Health, St. Louis, MO.

Publication date: 2001-03-01

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