Overweight and Obesity, Weight Perception, and Weight Management Practices AmongSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education(SNAP-Ed) Participants in Georgia: A Needs Assessment

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Abstract

Objective:

Examine associations among weight status, weight perception, and weight management practices of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education (SNAP-Ed) participants in Georgia.

Methods:

Self-reported weight, height, and weight-related practices were assessed and analyzed in 270 SNAP-Ed participants.

Results:

Almost three quarters of the sample self-reported overweight or obesity. Among overweight and obese subjects, 39% and 69%, respectively, accurately perceived themselves as overweight. More than half of the sample desired weight loss and 44% had attempted weight loss in the past year. Overweight/obese subjects who accurately perceived their weight were more likely to desire and to have attempted weight loss than those who under-perceived their weight. Approximately 58% of all subjects who had attempted to lose weight reported use of both methods suggested for weight loss: exercise and dietary changes.

Conclusions and Implications:

The high prevalence of self-reported overweight/obesity combined with a desire to lose weight among the study sample demonstrated the necessity to develop SNAP-Ed curricula emphasizing weight management.

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