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Table 2 Cross-sectional analysis of measured and desired weight, and the difference between them, among women 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 Difference (CI)b n Weight Desired weight Difference (CI)b n Weight Desired weight Difference (CI)b n Weight Desired weight Difference (CI)b
25–29 1391 64.2 58.7 5.6 (5.3, 5.9) 1029 59.8 56.8 3.0 (2.8, 3.2) 283 73.0 62.7 10.3 (9.8, 10.7) 79 90.4 68.3 22.1 (20.2, 23.8)
30–34 1434 64.3 58.9 5.4 (5.1, 5.8) 1056 59.9 57.0 2.9 (2.7, 3.2) 302 73.1 62.8 10.3 (9.9, 10.8) 76 90.2 69.4 20.8 (18.7, 22.9)
35–39 1468 65.3 59.4 5.8 (5.5, 6.2) 1053 60.7 57.6 3.1 (2.9, 3.3) 323 73.0 63.1 9.9 (9.4, 10.3) 92 90.7 67.8 22.9 (20.9, 24.9)
40–44 1403 65.3 59.4 6.0 (5.7, 6.4) 944 60.8 57.8 3.0 (2.8, 3.2) 352 72.4 63.0 9.3 (8.9, 9.8) 107 89.2 67.2 22.0 (20.0, 23.5)
45–49 1354 67.5 60.9 6.6 (6.2, 6.8) 764 60.9 58.0 2.8 (2.6, 3.0) 447 72.3 63.5 8.8 (8.5, 9.1) 143 87.8 68.4 19.4 (18.1, 20.9)
50–54 1017 68.8 61.7 7.1 (6.6, 7.5) 514 60.8 58.3 2.5 (2.2, 2.8) 352 72.2 63.9 8.3 (7.8, 8.7) 151 88.5 68.2 20.3 (18.9, 22.0)
55–59 730 68.9 62.0 6.9 (6.4, 7.7) 313 60.3 58.4 1.9 (1.5, 2.2) 301 71.4 63.6 7.9 (7.4, 8.3) 116 85.6 67.4 18.2 (16.6, 19.7)
60–64 612 67.5 61.6 5.9 (5.3, 6.5) 251 58.7 57.6 1.1 (0.8, 1.5) 267 70.0 63.2 6.7 (6.3, 7.3) 94 83.8 67.3 16.4 (15.3, 18.1)
65–69 583 68.6 62.5 6.2 (5.5, 6.8) 236 58.4 57.7 0.8 (0.1, 1.4) 224 70.5 64.2 6.4 (5.9, 6.8) 123 84.7 68.6 16.2 (14.8, 17.5)
Total 9992 66.3 60.2 6.1 (6.0, 6.2) 6160 60.3 57.6 2.7 (2.6, 2.8) 2851 72.1 63.3 8.7 (8.6, 8.9) 981 87.7 68.1 19.6 (19.0, 20.2)
  1. a:Results for all 9992 women and according to three categories of BMI (normal weight, overweight and obese)
  2. bDifference (CI): Difference between actual, measured weight and self-reported desired weight, with 95 % confidence intervals