Table 2

Age-Standardized Percent of Overweight Adults who Perceive Themselves to be Overweight by Race/Ethnicity and Income

Non-Hispanic Whites

Non-Hispanic Blacks

Mexican Americans


NH III 1988–1994

NH 1999–2004

NH III, 1988–1994

NH 1999–2004

NH III, 1988–1994

NH 1999–2004


PIR 0–1.85

67.9

60.2a

55.6

37.5a

48.7

48.1

PIR 1.86–3.50

75.1*

66.2a

57.9

52.5*

62.9*

61.4*

PIR > 3.50

71.8

68.5*

59.3

52.6 *

70.7*

63.9*


* Indicates a statistically significant difference in perception from reference group, (PIR 0–185%), within each survey period, p < 0.05

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

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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