Show simple item record Falba, TA Busch, SH
dc.coverage.spatial United States 2010-06-28T19:04:51Z 2005-04
dc.identifier 13/4/754
dc.identifier.citation Obes Res, 2005, 13 (4), pp. 754 - 761
dc.identifier.issn 1071-7323
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVE: This study compared self-reported subjective life expectancy (i.e., probability of living to age 75) for normal-weight, overweight, and obese weight groups to examine whether individuals are internalizing information about the health risks due to excessive weight. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Using data from the Health and Retirement Study, a total of 9035 individuals 51 to 61 years old were analyzed by BMI category. The primary outcome measure was individuals' reports about their own expectations of survival to age 75. Absolute and relative risks of survival were compared with published estimates of survival to age 75. RESULTS: Consistently, higher levels of BMI were associated with lower self-estimated survival probabilities. Differences relative to normal weight ranged from 4.9% (p < 0.01) for male nonsmokers to 8.8% (p < 0.001) for female nonsmokers. However, these differences were substantially less than those obtained from published survival curve estimates, suggesting that obese individuals tended to underestimate mortality risks. DISCUSSION: Individuals appeared to underestimate the mortality risks of excessive weight; thus, knowledge campaigns about the risks of obesity should remain a top priority.
dc.format.extent 754 - 761
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language eng
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Obes Res
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1038/oby.2005.85
dc.subject Aged
dc.subject Body Mass Index
dc.subject Body Weight
dc.subject Diabetes Mellitus
dc.subject Female
dc.subject Health Surveys
dc.subject Humans
dc.subject Hypertension
dc.subject Male
dc.subject Obesity
dc.subject Perception
dc.subject Retirement
dc.subject Smoking
dc.subject Surveys and Questionnaires
dc.subject Survival Rate
dc.title Survival expectations of the obese: Is excess mortality reflected in perceptions?
dc.type Journal Article
dc.department Economics
pubs.issue 4
pubs.organisational-group /Duke
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Trinity College of Arts & Sciences/Economics
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 13

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