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Table 2 BMI categories and perceived weight status by country and gender (%)

From: Relationship between perceived body weight and body mass index based on self- reported height and weight among university students: a cross-sectional study in seven European countries

Characteristics DE, 2005
N = 739
DK, 2005
N = 530
PL, 2005
N = 564
BG, 2005
N = 692
TR, 2003
N = 1005
LT, 2000
N = 1016
ES, 1998
N = 796
BMI Categories (derived from self-reported height and weight)  
Female        
   Underweight 9.2 6.7 16.8 30.4 20.8 11.5 11.0
   Normal weight 78.8 75.3 76.1 64.9 74.2 83.4 79.4
   Overweight 8.9 13.3 5.8 4.0 4.7 4.7 8.6
   Obese 3.1 4.7 1.3 .6 .3 .4 1.0
Male        
   Underweight 1.0 1.5 2.5 5.0 4.2 3.9 1.7
   Normal weight 71.7 74.2 81.9 81.2 80.1 84.2 80.6
   Overweight 22.2 20.0 14.4 12.8 14.7 11.8 16.7
   Obese 5.1 4.4 1.3 .9 1.0 .2 1.0
Perceived weight status
Female        
   Much too thin .5   .8 1.1 1.6 .9 4.3
   A little too thin 3.7 5.1 6.4 5.6 17.7 8.4 9.1
   Just right 38.2 44.3 38.6 47.2 45.4 67.9 44.5
   A little too fat 51.0 44.3 47.3 44.2 34.0 22.1 38.7
   Much too fat 6.6 6.3 6.9 1.9 1.3 .7 3.4
Male        
   Much too thin 3.8 1.1 8.3 3.7 2.0 3.4 4.5
   A little too thin 21.3 13.1 29.5 22.9 25.8 20.5 19.4
   Just right 32.1 53.8 39.7 52.3 50.2 63.8 48.8
   A little too fat 37.8 29.5 19.9 20.2 21.7 11.4 25.3
   Much too fat 5.1 2.5 2.6 .9 .3 .9 2.1