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Table 2 Weight status perceptions when using self-reported vs. measured BMI to classify participant weight status

From: Weight status misperceptions among UK adults: the use of self-reported vs. measured BMI

  Self-reported BMI weight status categories Objective BMI weight status categories
Weight perception <18.5 18.5–24.9 25–29.9 30 and above <18.5 18.5–24.9 25–29.9 30 and above
Females (n = 3349)
 Too light 44 (51.2 %)a 59 (3.6 %) 1 (0.1 %) 0 (0.0 %) 44 (69.8 %) 59 (4.4 %) 1 (0.1 %) 0 (0.0 %)
 About Right 42 (48.8 %)a 1245 (75.5 %)a 189 (19.3 %)a 18 (2.8 %) 19 (30.2 %) 1099 (81.6 %) 342 (30.9 %) 34 (4.1 %)
 Too heavy 0 (0.0 %) 345 (20.9 %)a 789 (80.6 %)a 617 (97.2 %) 0 (0.0 %) 188 (14.0 %) 764 (69.0 %) 799 (95.9 %)
 Total 86 1649 979 635 63 1346 1107 833
Males (n = 2876)
 Too light 40 (80.0 %) 101 (9.6 %)a 9 (0.8 %) 0 (0.0 %) 30 (88.2 %) 107 (13.5 %) 13 (1.0 %) 0 (0.0 %)
 About Right 9 (18.0 %) 865 (82.0 %) 505 (42.7 %)a 42 (7.1 %) 4 (11.8 %) 653 (82.1 %) 684 (54.7 %) 80 (10.0 %)
 Too heavy 1 (2.0 %) 89 (8.4 %)a 669 (56.6 %)a 546 (92.9 %) 0 (0.0 %) 35 (4.4 %) 553 (44.2 %) 717 (90.0 %)
 Total 50 1055 1183 588 34 795 1250 797
  1. aDenotes significant difference (p < .05) when using self-reported vs. measured BMI to estimate prevalence of weight perception