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Table 4 Percentage of population categorized as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese based on measured and self-report BMI values. Data are presented by country with number of cases in each category

From: Does BMI generated by self-reported height and weight measure up in older adults from middle-income countries? Results from the study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE)

  China India Mexico Russia South Africa
Measured BMI: Underweight 4.6 % (640) 34.8 % (3795) 0.9 % (21) 1.0 % (40) 3.9 % (155)
Self-report BMI: Underweight 5.1 % (697) 27.1 % (1210) 1.1 % (8) 1.1 % (47) 2.8 % (29)
Measured BMI: Normal Weight 39.9 % (5569) 41.6 % (4543) 25.9 % (631) 25.1 % (979) 26.0 % (1039)
Self-report BMI: Normal Weight 43.3 % (5949) 39.9 % (1781) 27.7 % (211) 27.1 % (1121) 23.6 % (243)
Measured BMI: Overweight 41.8 % (5845) 16.7 % (1821) 40.7 % (993) 40.9 % (1594) 27.7 % (1106)
Self-report BMI: Overweight 39.3 % (5399) 17.3 % (773) 42.3 % (322) 41.5 % (1720) 27.9 % (287)
Measured BMI: Obese 13.7 % (1920) 6.9 % (756) 32.5 % (793) 32.9 % (1280) 42.5 % (1700)
Self-report BMI: Obese 12.3 % (1688) 15.7 % (699) 28.9 % (220) 30.3 % (1255) 45.7 % (470)