Table 1

Percent of Overweight Adults Who Perceived Themselves to be Overweight

Males

Females


% perceived overweight

% perceived overweight


NH III, 1988–1994

NH 1999–2004

NH III, 1988–1994

NH 1999–2004


AllI

57.1

51.3a

84.1

77.8a

Race/EthnicityI

Non Hispanic Whites

60.4

56.4

89.7

82.1a

Non Hispanic Blacks

40.9*

30.7*a

72.4*

59.7*a

Mexican Americans

45.4*

43.1*

67.4*

69.9*

Age

20–34

60.15

47.3a

91.31

78.1a

35–49

61.24

53.9*

90.26

82.8a

50–64

56.46

58.6*

83.02*

81.9

65+

43.93*

45.2a

60.52*

62.8*


* Indicates a statistically significant difference in perception from reference group (in bold)

a. Indicates a statistically significant difference in perception across survey periods, p < 0.05

I. Age-standardized

Johnson-Taylor et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2008 5:9   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-5-9

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