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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


Location: Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center On Aging

Title: Assessment tools in obesity- psychological measures, diet, activity, and body composition

item Beechy, Laura
item Galpern, Jennie
item Petrone, Andrew
item Das, Sai Krupa

Submitted to: Physiology and Behavior
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/3/2012
Publication Date: 8/20/2012
Citation: Beechy, L., Galpern, J., Petrone, A., Das, S. 2012. Assessment tools in obesity- psychological measures, diet, activity, and body composition. Physiology and Behavior. 107(1):154-171.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The global increase in the prevalence of obesity has led to an increased need for measurement tools for research, management and treatment of the obese person. The physical size limitations imposed by obesity, variations in body composition from that of normal weight, and a complex psychopathology all pose tremendous challenges to the assessment of an obese person. There is little published research regarding what tools can be used with confidence. This review is designed to provide researchers and clinicians with a guide to the current and emerging measurement tools specifically associated with obesity research and practice. Section 1 addresses psychological measures of well-being. Sections 2, 3, and 4 focus on the assessment of food intake, activity, and body composition. All sections address basic challenges involved in the study and management of obesity, and highlight methodological issues associated with the use of common assessment tools. The best available methods for use in the obese both in research and clinical practice are recommended.

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