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Table 4 Distribution of dietary weight management behaviours by BMI, Self-perceptive weight and BID among Chinese children and adolescents aged 6–17 years (N = 1,369, (%))

From: Association of body perception and dietary weight management behaviours among children and adolescents aged 6–17 years in China: cross-sectional study using CHNS (2015)

Variables Dietary weight management behaviours χ2 P
No Yes, tried to gain weight Yes, tried to lose weight   
BMI
Normal 838(94.48) 24(2.71) 25(2.82) 19.4347 0.001
Underweight 106(93.81) 6(5.31) 1(0.88)   
Overweight/obesity 332(89.97) 10(2.71) 27(7.32)   
Self-perceptive weight
Normal 952(96.55) 16(1.62) 18(1.83) 168.2609 0.000
Underweight 206(94.06) 12(5.48) 1(0.46)   
Overweight/obesity 118(71.95) 12(7.32) 34(20.73)   
BID
Satisfied 534(96.04) 10(1.80) 12(2.16) 65.8675 0.000
Desire to be heavier 458(96.22) 13(2.73) 5(1.05)   
Desire to be thinner 284(84.27) 17(5.04) 36(10.68)   
  1. Note: The chi-square tests were used to examine dietary weight management behaviours difference in terms of BMI, BID and self-perceived weight status. Value is N (%). Proportions are row percentages. Bold values represent statistically significant (P < 0.05). BMI = body mass index; BID = body image dissatisfaction