Understanding the confluence of injury and obesity in a Grade 2 obesity and above population

Franklin, Richard C., Franklin, Janet L., Swinbourne, Jessica M., Manson, Elisia, Loughnan, Georgina, Markovic, Tania, and Hocking, Samantha (2023) Understanding the confluence of injury and obesity in a Grade 2 obesity and above population. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 47 (1). 100008.

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Objective: Obesity and injury are major inter-related public health challenges. The objective of this study was to explore the perceptions of injury in people with severe obesity.

Methods: A cross-sectional design was employed to capture injury perception and lifestyle habits via questionnaires. Weight (kg) and height (m) were measured by clinicians for patients attending a weight loss group program. Univariate, chi-square, ANOVA and ordinal regression analyses were undertaken.

Results: There were 292 participants (67.1% female), mean age 49.3 years and Body Mass Index 47.2 kg/m2 (range 30.7–91.9 kg/m2). Concern about having an injury was found in 83%, and 74.2% thought that weight would increase the likelihood of injury. A greater concern of being injured at baseline was associated with less weight loss at eight weeks (F=3.567; p=0.03). Depression, anxiety and sleepiness score were higher in those who reported greater ‘Concern about having an injury’.

Conclusions: People with obesity fear injury and falling, which limits their willingness to exercise. Anxiety symptoms appear to exacerbate this connection.

Implications for public health: In individuals with obesity, anxiety, sleepiness and depression are associated with a fear of being injured. Addressing fear and reducing anxiety may decrease barriers to participating in physical activity.

Item ID: 78425
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1753-6405
Keywords: falls, fears, injury, obesity, perception
Copyright Information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of Public Health Association of Australia. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2023 04:08
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420604 Injury prevention @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200411 Overweight and obesity @ 50%
20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200408 Injury prevention and control @ 50%
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