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To the Editor:
—In a recent issue of The Journal, Moore, Stunkard, and Srole expressed uncertainty regarding the accuracy of reports of body weight. This problem also arose in connection with a study we have been conducting on the association between overweight and mortality from cardiovascular disease. Accordingly, we have been comparing a person's statement of his own weight with that of others in the household and with the scale reading taken at the end of the interview. While the work is still in progress, a report of our preliminary findings seems appropriate at this time.For 144 subjects, the accuracy of estimate is quite high; the product moment correlation between subjects' self-estimates and scale weights is r=0.98. This is also true for males and females taken separately. In addition, another adult in the same household is able to give an accurate report of the subject's weight; r=0.94. Although Moore
Lynn Perry, Beulah Learnard. Further comment on the article cited follows.. JAMA. 1963;183(9):807–808. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700090127034