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Table 2 Parental cross-sectional perception of child’s weight status at age 5 years by the child’s actual weight status at age 5 years

From: Parental perception of child’s weight status and subsequent BMIz change: the KOALA birth cohort study

Parental perception of child’s weight status Actual weight status of child   Total
Underweight Normal weight Overweight  
Underweight 36 (22%) 67 (4%) 2 (1%) 105 (6%)
Normal weight 125 (78%) 1504 (96%) 141 (83%) 1770 (93%)
Overweight 0 3 (0%) 26 (15%) 29 (2%)
Total 161 (100%) 1574 (100%) 169 (100%) 1904a
  1. Accurate weight perception in total sample = 82% (see bold numbers in the Table).
  2. aN deviates from total sample because of missing values.