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Table 2 Distribution of 508 patients by actual, self-reported, self-perceived, and desired body types a

From: Self-perceived vs actual and desired weight and body mass index in adult ambulatory general internal medicine patients: a cross sectional study

NIH BMI category Actual Self-reported Self-perceived Desired
Underweight 11 (2) 12 (2) 33 (6) 5 (1)
Normal 138 (27) 160 (31) 189 (37) 255 (50)
Overweight 193 (38) 197 (39) 248 (49) 194 (38)
Obese 165 (32) 132 (26) 33 (6) 26 (5)
No data 1 (0) 5 (1) 4 (1) 28 (6)
  1. Abbreviations: BMI body mass index, NIH National Institutes of Health.
  2. aValues are number (percentage) of patients. P < .001 for all 3 comparisons of self-reported, self-perceived, and desired body type distributions vs actual body type distribution (Wald test of marginal homogeneity).