The awareness of one's own overweight and obesity in the opinion of the inhabitants of Staszow region
Recently in many countries, including Poland, the problem of overweight and obesity has been increasing. Many people, despite the knowledge about the harmful effects of obesity, accept it to a considerable degree, ignoring its health consequences. The aim of the paper was to examine the incidence of overweight and obesity in the selected population as well as to evaluate the awareness of being obese and undertaking activities against it. The study included 242 residents of Staszów region. The research method was a survey questionnaire. Apart from that, all the respondents had their body mass index (BMI) calculated. In the investigated population exceeding proper body mass was common. A considerable group of the subjects did not know simple methods of evaluating the state of nutrition and had problems to estimate their own body mass. The subjects frequently were not aware of their overweight or obesity and took no actions in order to reduce their body mass.