MMWR: QuickStats: Weight Perception* Among Children and Adolescents Aged 8–15 Years, by Sex and Body
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Posted by: Pat Podolak
Overweight children and adolescents aged 8–15 years were more likely to report that their weight was "about right" than report that they were "overweight," according to NHANES data for the period 2005–2012. Among overweight females, 71.4% considered their weight "about right," and 27.7% thought they were "overweight." Among overweight males, 80.9% considered their weight "about right," and 18.5% thought they were "overweight." Among obese children and adolescents, 63.6% of females thought they were "overweight," and 35.6% considered their weight "about right"; the percentages of obese males who thought they were "overweight" (51.0%) was roughly equal to the percentage who considered their weight "about right" (47.6%).
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