Table 2

Effect of Weight Misperception on Weight Loss Attitudes and Behaviors Among Overweight and Obese US Adults by Gender and Race/Ethnicity, NHANES 2003-2006a

Weight Loss Attitudes and Behaviors


Wants To Lose Weight RR (95% CI)

Has Tried To Lose Weight

RR (95% CI)


Total

Total

0.30 (0.26, 0.35)

0.40 (0.33, 0.47)


Men

0.29 (0.25, 0.34)

0.40 (0.30, 0.52)


Women

0.35 (0.29, 0.42)

0.44 (0.32, 0.59)


White

Men

0.33 (0.27, 0.39)

0.45 (0.33, 0.62)


Women

0.40 (0.32, 0.51)

0.44 (0.29, 0.67)


Black

Men

0.17 (0.12, 0.25)

0.23 (0.15, 0.35)


Women

0.21 (0.13, 0.33)

0.23 (0.11, 0.47)


Hispanic

Men

0.23 (0.16, 0.32)

0.31 (0.20, 0.49)


Women

0.38 (0.27, 0.53)

0.67 (0.53, 0.86)


Note. RR = Relative Risk. CI = Confidence Interval. Reference Category = Adults who did not misperceive their weight status. Total columns are gender-adjusted.

a Multivariable log-Poisson regression models were adjusted for body mass index, age, education, income, marital status, self-reported health status, and receipt of medical diagnosis of overweight.

Duncan et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2011 8:20   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-8-20

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