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Table 3 Risk factor perception versus actual behaviour, Australia, 2010

From: A survey to assist in targeting the adults who undertake risky behaviours, know their health behaviours are not optimal and who acknowledge being worried about their health

  Perception - healthy Perception - unhealthy
Actual measure n % (95% CI) n % (95% CI)
BMI       
Normal 958 90.5 (88.6–92.1) ↑ 101 9.5 (7.9–11.4) ↓
Underweight /Overweight / Obese 688 44.1 (41.7–46.6) ↓ 870 55.9 (53.4–58.3) ↑
Fruit and vegetable consumption       
Recommended amount 243 91.1 (87.1–94.0) ↑ 24 8.9 (6.0–12.9) ↓
Less than recommended amount 1995 72.9 (71.2–74.5) ↓ 742 27.1 (25.5–28.8) ↑
Physical activity       
Sufficient activity 1003 63.0 (60.6–65.3) ↑ 589 37.0 (34.7–39.4) ↓
No activity/activity but not sufficient/don’t know 364 25.9 (23.6–28.2) ↓ 1044 74.1 (71.8–76.4) ↑
Short term alcohol risk       
Non-drinker/no risk 1694 78.9 (77.1–80.5) ↑ 454 21.1 (19.5–22.9) ↓
Risky/high risk 285 33.4 (30.3–36.6) ↓ 568 66.6 (63.4–69.7) ↑
Psychological distress       
Low/ Moderate 1223 46.4 (44.5–48.4) ↑ 1411 53.6 (51.6–55.5) ↓
High /Very high 39 11.0 (8.1–14.6) ↓ 318 89.0 (85.4–91.9) ↑
  1. ↑↓ Statistically significantly higher or lower than other group (p < 0.05).