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Misreporting Weight and Height Among Mexican and Puerto Rican Men (American Journal of Men's Health)

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California Health Interview Survey; 2001 CA Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2001); Health Behaviors; Obesity/Overweight; Hispanic/Latino

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CHIS Journal Article

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Summary: Most obesity prevalence data rely on self-report, which typically differs when compared to objectively measured height, weight, and body mass index (BMI). Given that Latino men have high rates of obesity in the United States and demonstrate greater misreporting compared to Caucasian men, examining the factors that contribute to misreporting among Latino men is warranted. This study examined BMI, Latino ethnic background (Mexican or Puerto Rican), and social desirability in relation to misreporting of BMI, as defined as the discrepancy between self-reported and measured height and weight, in Latino men. Participants were 203 adult Mexican and Puerto Rican men, average age 39.41 years, who participated in a larger study. Participants self-reported their weight and height, had their weight and height objectively measured, and completed a measure of social desirability.

Findings: Measured BMI was the strongest predictor of misreporting BMI, such that the greater the participants’ BMI, the greater the discrepancy in BMI. Misreporting of BMI did not vary based on ethnic background, and measured BMI did not moderate the relationship between social desirability and misreporting of BMI. When normative error was distinguished from misreporting in post-hoc analyses, results showed that only 34.5% of participants demonstrated misreporting. Findings highlight the importance of identifying normative error when examining misreporting in order to improve the accuracy of self-reported BMI data. Future research on misreporting for Latino men should include weight awareness, acculturation, and length of U.S. residency as these variables may be related to self-reported weight and height.

Authors refer to a study using 2001 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data.


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Journal Article: Misreporting Weight and Height Among Mexican and Puerto Rican Men

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Related Journal Article: Factors Associated with Overweight and Obesity Among Mexican Americans and Central Americans: Results from the 2001 California Health Interview Survey

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California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)

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