Chutkan, Majorie E.; Meeks-Gardner, Julie; Wilks, Rainford J.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Tropical Medicine Research Institute
Concepts of obesity among outpatients of a Jamaican hospital
Date of Publication
Reports on a survey carried out among normal -weight and overweight adults in order to investigate their attitudes to obesity. Three hundred adults present at the Casualty department at the University Hospital during the study period were asked to to participate. A questionnaire was given and heights and weights were measured to determine Body Mass Index (BMI). The relation of BMI and attitudes to obesity was explored. Forty percent of the repondents agreed that fatness was a sign of happiness, 15% thought it represented wealth and 10% thought it represented health. Just over half 58 of the women who were overweight perceived themselves to be fat, while fewer of the overweight men 42% thought themselves fat. 56 % of men and 38% of women preferred a slim partner. Most respondents were aware of diseases associated with obesity and could name foods which contributed to obesity. Suggests that obesity is viewed favourably, and although the problems of obesity are recognised overweight people are not necessarily aware that they are in fact overweight and at risk.....