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Table 1 Reported body weight perception and weight control practices among urban, low-income African American students, by measured BMI and gender

From: Measured body mass index, body weight perception, dissatisfaction and control practices in urban, low-income African American adolescents

  All Boys Girls Gender difference, P value*
All participants (n = 448) (n = 196) (n = 252)  
Self-evaluation of body weight     
   Underweight 12.3 15.4 9.8 0.002
   Normal weight 60.5 65.5 56.7  
   Overweight 27.2 19.1 33.5  
Feel bad about one's body weight     
   True 24.2 15.9 30.6 0.001
   Not true 66.4 73.9 60.7  
   Cannot say 9.4 10.2 8.7  
What are trying to do about your body weight?     
   Gain weight 16.3 19.1 14.1 0.524
   Lose weight 43.4 40.7 45.5  
   Stay the same 30.3 30.4 30.2  
   Nothing 10.0 9.8 10.2  
Participants with BMI < 85 th percentile (n = 172) (n = 84) (n = 88)  
Self-evaluation of body weight     
   Underweight 19.0 22.9 16.0 0.350
   Normal weight 73.1 70.3 75.3  
   Overweight 7.9 6.8 8.7  
Feel bad about one's body weight     
   True 14.7 12.1 16.9 0.337
   Not true 73.8 76.8 71.3  
   Cannot say 11.5 11.1 11.8  
What are trying to do about your body weight?     
   Gain weight 25.0 27.4 23.2 0.470
   Lose weight 20.9 23.9 18.5  
   Stay the same 39.2 35.9 41.7  
   Nothing 14.9 12.8 16.6  
  All Boys Girls Gender difference, P value*
Participants with BMI ≥ 85 th percentile     
Self-evaluation of body weight (n = 178) (n = 77) (n = 101)  
   Underweight 1.7 2.7 1.0 < 0.001
   Normal weight 41.9 58.7 29.8  
   Overweight 56.4 38.6 69.2  
Feel bad about one's body weight     
   True 37.7 19.7 50.5 < 0.001
   Not true 56.0 71.2 45.2  
   Cannot say 6.3 9.1 4.3  
What are trying to do about your body weight?     
   Gain weight 2.8 5.3 1.0 0.014
   Lose weight 77.1 66.7 84.6  
   Stay the same 17.3 22.7 13.4  
   Nothing 2.8 5.3 1.0  
Participants with BMI ≥ 95 th percentile
(n = 35)
(n = 98)   (n = 63)  
Self-evaluation of body weight     
   Underweight 1.0 0.0 1.5 0.270
   Normal weight 22.7 32.3 18.2  
   Overweight 76.3 67.7 80.3  
Feel bad about one's body weight     
   True 51.7 25.9 62.9 0.009
   Not true 42.7 63.0 33.9  
   Cannot say 5.6 11.1 3.2  
What are you trying to do about your body weight?     
   Gain weight 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.297
   Lose weight 90.7 87.1 92.4  
   Stay the same 8.3 9.7 7.6  
   Nothing 1.0 3.2 0.0  
  1. *Based on chi-square tests.
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