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Sense of coherence and its connections with BMI and weight-related beliefs and attitudes

Aged 18 - 80
Cross-sectional, Questionnaire

Correlational analysis, Descriptive analysis, Multiple regression analysis
To evaluate for the first time the SOC in Romania and to find connections between its value, BMI and weight related attitudes and believes.
SOC Scale
SOC-13, 7-point Likert scale
Statistical data
n=970; response rate : 100%
Mean SOC =59.1 ± 10.72 ( α=0.73)
Mean BMI=24± 4.3
Main result
The SOC score is correlated significantly with gender, socio-economical status, self perceived health, the preoccupation for having a normal weight, the perception of the relation health-normal weight and with the perceived difficulty in maintaining a constant weight. The regression shows that the body mass index is a positive determinant of the SOC score (B =0.051)
The SOC score has close relations with healthy conceptions regarding body weight and healthy eating, but also shows a surprising connection with BMI, higher weights leading to small SOC rises. SOC confirms its health promotion utility in the nutrition field.
Limitations:  The inherent limitations of a cross sectional study give not the possibility to understand correctly the relation BMI - SOC, because we are not allowed to see in the perspective of time the succession of changes.
Corina-Aurelia Zugravu.Sense of coherence and its connections with BMI and weight-related beliefs and attitudes International Journal of Collaborative Research on Internal Medicine & Public Health, 2012, Vol. 4 No. 6 : 1131-1140
Inserted: 26.06.2013 12:40:57
Updated: 04.09.2013 16:07:25