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Table 1 Cross-sectional analysis of measured and desired weight, and the difference between them, among men in Tromsø 4 (1994–1995)a

From: Longitudinal changes in desired body weight compared to changes in body weight: evidence of adaptation to weight gain?

  Total BMI <25 BMI 25-29.99 BMI ≥30
Age group n Weight Desired weight Differenceb (CI) n Weight Desired weight Differenceb (CI) n Weight Desired weight Differenceb (CI) n Weight Desired weight Differenceb (CI)
25–29 1183 80.0 76.9 3.1 (2.8, 3.6) 670 73.6 74.3 −0.6 (-0.9, -0.4) 435 85.6 79.5 6.3 (5.9, 6.7) 78 102.8 85.2 17.6 (16.1, 19.4)
30–34 1190 80.4 76.5 3.9 (3.5, 4.3) 641 73.7 73.5 0.1 (-0.2, 0.4) 458 85.6 79.1 6.5 (6.1, 6.9) 91 101.9 84.6 17.3 (15.5, 19.1)
35–39 1268 81.8 77.2 4.7 (4.3, 5.0) 612 74.6 73.8 0.7 (0.5, 1.2) 564 86.1 79.2 6.8 (6.4, 7.2) 92 103.9 86.8 17.2 (15.9, 19.0)
40–44 1269 81.2 76.6 4.6 (4.3, 4.9) 575 73.3 72.7 0.5 (0.1, 0.8) 574 84.7 78.5 6.2 (5.8, 6.5) 120 102.0 85.4 16.5 (15.2, 18.0)
45–49 1219 83.1 77.6 5.5 (5.0, 5.9) 423 72.5 72.3 0.2 (-0.1, 0.6) 635 85.2 79.1 6.1 (5.7, 6.5) 161 102.1 85.6 16.5 (15.3, 17.8)
50–54 1002 83.0 77.6 5.4 (4.9, 5.7) 344 72.7 72.0 0.7 (0.3, 1.1) 524 85.3 79.3 6.0 (5,7, 6.5) 134 100.1 85.4 14.7 (13.5, 16.1)
55–59 724 81.4 76.8 4.6 (4.2, 5.1) 270 71.8 71.7 0.1 (-0.3, 0.5) 373 84.4 78.7 5.7 (5.2, 6.1) 81 99.8 85.2 14.6 (12.9, 15.8)
60–64 598 80.8 75.9 5.0 (4.5, 5.7) 201 70.5 70.5 0.0 (-0.6, 0.4) 328 83.0 77.6 5.4 (5.1, 5.7) 69 100.6 83.4 17.3 (15.4, 19.2)
65–69 507 78.7 74.7 4.0 (3.4, 4.6) 204 69.2 70.2 −1.0 (-1.6, -0.5) 244 82.3 77.0 5.3 (4.7, 5.8) 59 96.8 80.7 16.1 (14.2, 18.0)
Total 8960 81.3 76.8 4.5 (4.3, 4.6) 3940 73.0 72.9 0.1 (0.0, 0.3) 4135 84.9 78.8 6.1 (6.0, 6.2) 885 101.3 85.0 16.3 (15.8, 17.0)
  1. a:Results for all 8960 men and according to three categories of BMI (normal weight, overweight and obese)
  2. bDifference: Difference between actual, measured weight and self-reported desired weight, with 95 % confidence intervals