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Table 1 Prevalence of weight misperception by demographic characteristics among U.S. high school students with overweight/obesity

From: Cross-sectional associations between weight-related health behaviors and weight misperception among U.S. adolescents with overweight/obesity

Demographic characteristics Sampled frequency, n (%) Weight misperception frequency, n (%)
Sexa
 Female 2003 (44.5) 426 (21.4)
 Male 2380 (55.5) 900 (39.1)
Race/ethnicityb
 American Indian/Alaskan Native 50 (0.6) 17 (30.7)
 Asian 111 (2.2) 33 (20.8)
 Hispanic/Latino 1672 (25.3) 457 (28.3)
 Multiple Race/Ethnicities Non-Hispanic 223 (5.1) 67 (23.3)
 Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander 29 (0.6) 8 (37.2)
 Non-Hispanic black or African American 479 (14.5) 202 (41.0)
 Non-Hispanic white 1819 (51.8) 542 (31.0)
Grade in schoolc
 9th 1120 (26.4) 376 (35.6)
 10th 1129 (26.6) 357 (30.7)
 11th 1152 (24.3) 330 (30.2)
 12th 982 (22.7) 263 (27.7)
  1. All Percentages reported are weighted to account for sampling design
  2. aPrevalence estimates of weight misperception and all disordered weight control behaviors differ by sex (p < .01)
  3. bPrevalence estimates of weight misperception differ by race/ethnicity (p < .01)
  4. cPrevalence estimates of weight misperception marginally different by grade in school (p = .08)