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Table 3 Prevalence statistics for weight loss intentions and strategies in youth by demographic characteristics and weight status

From: Do sex differences in reported weight loss intentions and behaviours persist across demographic characteristics and weight status in youth? A systematic review

  Weight loss intention Healthy Unhealthy Extreme
Fa (%b) Mc (%) Total F (%) M (%) Total F (%) M (%) Total F (%) M (%) Total
Full sample 26–74 15–63 27–61 15–72 27–63 30–92 5–49 0–42 3–44 1–14 1–11 0–13
Measured Weight Status
 Underweight --d 15–41 0–8 24–27 1–2
 Normal-weight 38–52 10–18 36–73 1–2
 Overweight/obese 70–82 27–33 47–75 1–3
Perceived weight status
 Underweight 2 30–38 0–2 0–7
 Normal-weight 17 54–73 72 73 3–68 46 4–44 2–4
 Overweight/obese 76 72–86 80 74 15–75 62 6–70 3–5
Grade Level
 Elementary 38–59 38–63 38–61 2–57 27–63 30–79 7–59 39–55 9–57 2–4 7
 Middle 31–66 25–31 27–66 27–71 27–56 34–92 4–24 6–12 1–10 1–5 2–7
 High school 43–47 15–37 30–60 30–60 17–49 10–42 9–41 1–15 1–11 2–13
Ethnicity
 Caucasian 47–58 16–25 32–46 55–75 26–78 34–76 4–73 3–57 8–69 2–11 3–5 1–8
 African-American 30–48 10–27 21–39 26–61 28–73 30–64 12–69 2–54 10–66 3–9 2–7 1–7
 Native-American 38–59 38–63 38–61 33–59 27–63 30–79 42–45 37–42 9–43 1–27 1–12 0–27
 Hispanic 39 14 28–36 66 75 69 75 60 71 7–8 1–3
 Asian-American 33
  1. Note: aF: Female; b%: prevalence (range); cMale;.d--: insufficient data. For specific references for each prevalence range, please refer to the text in the results section