Differing trends in the association between obesity and self-reported health in Portugal and Switzerland. Data from national health surveys 1992-2007.

TitleDiffering trends in the association between obesity and self-reported health in Portugal and Switzerland. Data from national health surveys 1992-2007.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMarques-Vidal, P, Ravasco, P, Paccaud, F
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume12
Pagination588
Date Published2012
DOI10.1186/1471-2458-12-588
ISSN1471-2458
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Body Mass Index, Diagnostic Self Evaluation, Female, Health Surveys, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Obesity, Portugal, Self Report, Switzerland, Young Adult
Abstract

BACKGROUND: The escalating prevalence of obesity might prompt obese subjects to consider themselves as normal, as this condition is gradually becoming as frequent as normal weight. In this study, we aimed to assess the trends in the associations between obesity and self-rated health in two countries.

METHODS: Data from the Portuguese (years 1995-6, 1998-6 and 2005-6) and Swiss (1992-3, 1997, 2002 and 2007) National Health Surveys were used, corresponding to more than 130,000 adults (64,793 for Portugal and 65,829 for Switzerland). Body mass index and self-rated health were derived from self-reported data.

RESULTS: Obesity levels were higher in Portugal (17.5% in 2005-6 vs. 8.9% in 2007 in Switzerland, p

CONCLUSION: Obesity is increasing in Switzerland and Portugal. Obesity is increasingly associated with poorer self-health ratings in Switzerland but not in Portugal.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22852585?dopt=Abstract

Alternate JournalBMC Public Health
Citation Key / SERVAL ID3281
PubMed ID22852585
PubMed Central IDPMC3532318

                         

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