Self-rated health does not predict 10-year weight change among middle-aged adults in a longitudinal population study

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Background: There is a worldwide obesity epidemic, but lack of a simple method, applicable for research or clinical use, to identify individuals at high risk of weight gain. Therefore, the relationship of self-rated health and 10-year percent weight change was evaluated to determine if self-rated health would predict weight change. Methods: From 1990 to 2008, adults aged 30, 40, 50 and 60 years were invited to health surveys that included self-rated health and measured weight and height. ANOVA was used to evaluate the relationship of 10-year percent weight change and self-rated health. Results: The study population consisted of 29,207 participants (46.5% men). There was no relationship between baseline self-rated health and 10-year percent weight change for middle-aged men or women. Conclusions: Self-rated health is not able to predict weight change over a 10-year period in this age group.


  • Margareta Norberg
  • Kristina Lindvall
  • Paul L. Jenkins
  • Maria Emmelin
  • Goran Lonnberg
  • Anne N. Nafziger
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  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Original languageEnglish
JournalBMC Public Health
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication categoryResearch

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