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Table 2 Body perception according to changes in body weight between 4 and 23 years of age in the 1982 Pelotas birth cohort

From: Change in body weight and body image in young adults: a longitudinal study

Variables n Body perception
   Thinner (%) Satisfied (%) Fatter (%)
MEN     
Body mass index z-score change     <0.001 a
≥ +0.5 676 17.2 35.2 47.6
−0.49 to +0.49 755 29.8 51.1 19.1
≤ −0.5 532 40.8 42.5 16.7
WOMEN     
Body mass index z-score change     <0.001 a
≥ +0.5 541 4.8 13.9 81.3
−0.49 to +0.49 712 18.1 32.4 49.4
≤ −0.5 486 21.0 31.9 47.1
  1. aChi-squared test.
  2. Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, 1982 to 2004–5.