Watching their weight No way! Women can pile on as many as ELEVEN pounds without even noticing
Women aren't as aware of their fluctuatiing weight as previously thought
Men often despair of wives and girlfriends who care too much about their figures.
But according to a new study, women are less obsessed with the fluctuating needle on the scales than they think.
Received wisdom may suggest women are aware of every pound they gain or lose. But in actual fact, they often fail to notice recent weight gain.
Yet according to a new study, women are less obsessed with theoften do not realise when they pile on as many as 11lbs.
far beyond the simple cosmetic drawbacks of fluctutating weight, this
unconscious weight gain is putting women at the risk of cardiovascular
disease and other obesity-related conditions.
Identifying weight gain appears to be influenced by race too, with black women more likely to correctly notice the extra pounds.
The study also found contraceptive users were able to recognise aadded weight much quicker than those not on the pill.
Researchers surveyed a sample of 466 women with an average age of 25.
37 per cent of the subjects of the women were Hispanic, 35 per cent
non-Hispanic white and 29 per cent non-Hispanic black women.
Roughly 39 per cent of the women used DMPA – depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, commonly known as the birth control shot – 36 per cent used an oral contraceptive and 25 per cent were non-hormonal contraceptive users.
Every six months over 36 months the
women completed a symptom checklist that included questions on whether
they felt they had gained weight.
The researchers also evaluated data on height, BMI, physical activity and whether or not the women had had children.
nearly a third and a quarter of women did not recognise gains of around
4.5 and 8.8 pounds during a six month interval respectively.
Black women and DMPA users were more likely to recognise weight gain than the others.
author Dr Mahbubur Rahman at the University of Texas said: 'We were
surprised to find that race and ethnicity are determinants of accurate
recognition of weight gain, predictors that have never before been
Women can put on as many as 11lbs without noticing – leaving them at risj of health problems
He said that DMPA is known to be associated with weight gain and that users may be more mindful about monitoring their weight.
He added: 'In prior studies, we’ve reported that a quarter of reproductive-age women who are overweight or obese consider themselves to be normal weight.
'Misperception of actual weight coupled with inaccuracies in self-perception of weight gain is a threat to the success of obesity prevention programmes.
'Changing a health behaviour depends on patients understanding susceptibility to a health problem.'
Dr Rahman suggested that women weigh themselves regularly so that they realise any significant changes.
The study is published online and in the March issue of the Journal of Women’s Health.