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Washington, Feb 28: Many people believe that women, who are fanatical about their weight, are quite conscious about every calorie they consume and each new pound they gain.

But a new study has revealed that for a number of women, this fact does not hold true.

University of Texas Medical Branch researchers found that a significant number of women evaluated at six-month intervals did not recognize recent gains in weight, the Discovery News reported.

Researchers took into consideration 466 women of various ethnicities over 36 months and found that almost one-third of women did not notice a weight gain of approximately 4.5 pounds over a six-month time, and one-quarter of women did not observe a weight gain of nearly 9 pounds over the same period.

The study, which is considered to be the first to explore the accuracy of self-perception of recent weight gain, found that African-American women and women who used DMPA users (the birth control shot), were more likely than white or Hispanic women to notice their weight gain.

The study has been published in the March issue of the Journal of Women's Health. (ANI)

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