TITLE

Social desirability and self-reported weight and height

AUTHOR(S)
Larson, M R
PUB. DATE
May 2000
SOURCE
International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders;May2000, Vol. 24 Issue 5, p663
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The present study examines the relationship between the desire to conform to perceived societal norms and the misreporting of weight and height. Self-reported and measured weights and heights for 56 young, healthy non-obese volunteers were assessed and compared to scores on the Marlowe Crowne Social Desirability Scale (MCSDS). Discrepancies between actual and self-reported weights for females were directly related to actual weight (r=0.66, P<0.0001). The same was not true for males (r=0.03). Height was significantly overreported, regardless of gender (P<0.004). Most importantly, for females, MCSDS scores were significantly correlated with the discrepancy between actual and self-reported weights after statistically adjusting for differences in actual weight (r=0.51, P<0.0001). Results suggest that the misreporting of weight among young, non-obese women may be directly influenced by the desire to conform to perceived societal norms.
ACCESSION #
8853665

 

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