Hop on the scale regularly if you want to avoid gaining significant weight, a new study suggests. Despite the widespread notion that women are consumed with how much they weigh, many fail to recognize when they’re gaining weight – by as much as 11 pounds, according to research published online in the Journal of Women’s Health.
“In prior studies, we’ve reported that one-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 programs,” said Mahbubur Rahman, assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Medical Branch. “Changing a health behavior depends on patients understanding susceptibility to a health problem.”