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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: A systematic review of the relationship between weight status perceptions and weight loss attempts, strategies, behaviours and outcomes
Author(s): Haynes, Ashleigh
Kersbergen, Inge
Sutin, Angelina
Daly, Michael
Robinson, Eric
Keywords: Perceived overweight
weight gain
weight management
weight misperception
Issue Date: Mar-2018
Citation: Haynes A, Kersbergen I, Sutin A, Daly M & Robinson E (2018) A systematic review of the relationship between weight status perceptions and weight loss attempts, strategies, behaviours and outcomes, Obesity Reviews, 19 (3), pp. 347-363.
Abstract: It is commonly assumed that a person identifying that they are ‘overweight’ is an important prerequisite to successful weight management. However, there has been no systematic evaluation of evidence supporting this proposition. The aim of the present research was to systematically review evidence on the relationship between perceived overweight and (i) weight loss attempts, (ii) weight control strategies (healthy and unhealthy), (iii) weight-related behaviours (physical activity and eating habits), (iv) disordered eating and (v) weight change. We synthesized evidence from 78 eligible studies and evaluated evidence linking perceived overweight with outcome variables separately according to the gender, age and objective weight status of study participants. Results indicated that perceived overweight was associated with an increased likelihood of attempting weight loss and with healthy and unhealthy weight control strategies in some participant groups. However, perceived overweight was not reliably associated with physical activity or healthy eating and was associated with greater disordered eating in some groups. Rather than being associated with improved weight management, there was consistent evidence that perceived overweight was predictive of increased weight gain over time. Individuals who perceive their weight status as overweight are more likely to report attempting weight loss but over time gain more weight.
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Rights: © 2017 The Authors. Obesity Reviews published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of World Obesity Federation This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.

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