Skip to main content

Table 2 Weight Estimation according to socio-demographic variables, BMI distribution and LTPAa,b,c

From: Body image satisfaction and weight concerns among a Mediterranean adult population

  Underestimation Correct Overestimation Don’t’ know/Don’t answer P
Men (n = 451) 20.6 60.5 6.0 12.9  
 Age (years)
  18–35 18.1 60.4 7.4 14.1 0.032
  36–55 27.2 60.8 2.4 9.6  
 Origin
  Balearic Islands 19.8 61.4 5.9 12.9 0.218
  Regions of Spain 24.7 61.8 7.9 5.6  
  South America 18.5 48.1 7.4 12.7  
  Other countries 22.2 55.6 0.0 22.2  
 Educational level
  Low 20.7 51.7 13.8 13.8 0.296
  Medium 18.9 59.8 6.3 15.0  
  High 23.2 62.8 4.3 9.8  
 Professional profile
  Student 13.2 52.1 9.9 24.8 <0.001
  Unemployed 26.9 57.7 3.8 11.5  
  Employed 23.3 64.5 4.4 7.8  
 BMI (kg/m2)
  Normal-weight 9.9 69.8 7.3 12.9 <0.001
  Overweight 28.4 53.1 4.9 13.6  
  Obesity 45.3 41.5 1.9 11.3  
 LTPA
  Yes 18.8 63.6 6.7 10.9 0.073
  No 23.8 54.6 3.8 17.7  
Women (n = 630) 17.5 63.0 4.1 15.4  
 Age (years)
  18–35 14.0 64.6 5.6 15.9 0.009
  36–55 22.6 60.7 2.0 14.7  
 Origin
  Balearic Islands 16.4 64.2 3.9 15.6 0.186
  Regions of Spain 19.8 64.9 2.3 13.0  
  South America 14.9 59.7 4.5 20.9  
  Other countries 30.4 47.8 13.0 8.7  
 Educational level
  Low 14.6 58.3 6.3 20.8 0.373
  Medium 18.3 60.5 4.2 17.0  
  High 17.3 67.7 3.1 11.9  
 Professional profile
  Student 12.3 59.0 4.9 23.8 0.010
  Unemployed 25.0 51.8 1.8 21.4  
  Employed 18.4 65.3 4.3 12.0  
 BMI (kg/m2)
  Normal-weight 11.3 70.7 4.4 13.6 <0.001
  Overweight 25.6 53.2 2.6 18.6  
  Obesity 36.8 38.2 2.9 22.1  
 LTPA
  Yes 18.9 66.4 2.5 12.3 0.014
  No 16.3 59.0 5.9 18.9  
  1. Abbreviations: BMI body mass index, LTPA leisure-time physical activity
  2. aValues are expressed as percentages
  3. bSignificant trends between Weight Estimation groups have been evaluated by χ 2
  4. cSignificant trends between males and females have been evaluated by χ 2: †p < 0.05; ‡p < 0.01; §p < 0.001
\