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Table 1 Adapted version of the Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire (BIPQ)

From: Comparison of perceptions of obesity among adults with central obesity with and without additional cardiometabolic risk factors and among those who were formally obese, 3 years after screening for central obesity

Question Evaluated perception domain Implication of a higher score
1 How much does your overweight affect your life? Consequences: beliefs about the impact of the condition on physical, social and psychological well-being Greater perceived influence of the condition upon life
2 How long do you think your overweight will continue? Timeline: beliefs about the expected duration of the condition A stronger belief in a chronic time course
3 How much control do you feel you have over your overweight? Curability/controllability, personal control: beliefs about whether the condition can be cured or kept under control through self-management behaviour Greater perceived personal control over the condition
4 How much do you think physical activity can help to improve your overweight? Curability/controllability, behavioural control: beliefs about whether the condition can be cured or kept under control through physical activity Greater perceived control over the condition by physical activity
5 How much do you experience symptoms from your overweight? Identity: beliefs about the condition’s label and associated symptoms The patient perceives more symptoms as a result of the condition
6 How concerned are you about your overweight? Concern: evaluates to what extent concern is experienced Greater feelings of concern about the condition
7 How much do you think a modification of your diet pattern can help improving your overweight? Curability/controllability, behavioural control: beliefs about whether the condition can be ured or kept under control through diet Greater perceived control over the condition by diet
8 How much does your overweight affect you emotionally? (e.g. does it make you angry, scared, upset or depressed?) Emotional representations: beliefs about the affective responses associated with the illness A stronger emotional response to the condition
9 Please list in rank-order the 3 most important factors that you believe caused your overweight. Causal attribution: beliefs about factors or conditions to have caused the illness