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Table 1 Characteristics of Overweight and Obese U.S. adults aged ≥ 20, NHANES 2003-2006

From: Does perception equal reality? Weight misperception in relation to weight-related attitudes and behaviors among overweight and obese US adults

  Weight Loss Attitudes and Behaviors Sample % (n) Dietary Behaviors Sample % (n) Physical Activity Behaviors Sample % (n)
Total n = 4,784 n = 4,894 n = 5,401
Weight Misperception (%) 23.7 (1389) 22.9 (1296) 22.5 (1503)
Weight Status    
   Overweight 51.5 (2487) 50.2 (2442) 50.1 (2729)
   Obese 48.5 (2297) 49.8 (2452) 49.9 (2672)
BMI (kg/m2, mean, SE) 31.3 (0.13) 31.4 (0.16) 31.4 (0.12)
Age (years, mean, SE) 48.2 (0.52) 48.5 (0.51) 47.7 (0.50)
Gender    
   Men 53.4 (2537) 52.2 (2543) 53.1 (2866)
   Women 46.6 (2247) 47.8 (2351) 46.9 (2535)
Race/Ethnicity    
   Non-Hispanic White 73.9 (2426) 75.1 (2562) 74.1 (2737)
   Non-Hispanic Black 13.4 (1161) 13.3 (1155) 13.4 (1331)
   Hispanic 12.8 (1197) 11.7 (1177) 12.5 (1333)
Education    
   High School or Less 18.1 (1402) 16.4 (1114) 17.2 (1508)
   High School Graduate 27.8 (1233) 19.4 (1141) 27.7 (1387)
   Some College 32.3 (1343) 35.4 (1595) 32.6 (1564)
   College Graduate 21.7 (806) 28.8 (1044) 22.5 (942)
Income    
   $<20,000 16.9 (1170) 16.6 (1340) 15.8 (1250)
   $20,000-35,000 19.0 (1099) 28.0 (1267) 18.8 (1230)
   $35,000-75,000 36.7 (1553) 32.9 (1425) 36.8 (1780)
   $>75,000 27.5 (962) 22.6 (862) 28.7 (1141)
Marital Status    
   Married 67.4 (2998) 66.2 (3119) 67.2 (3389)
   Widowed/Divorced 19.4 (1125) 19.8 (1127) 18.9 (1223)
   Never Married 13.3 (661) 14.0 (648) 13.9 (789)
Self-reported Health Status    
   Fair or Poor 18.7 (1205) 18.3 (1194) 17.8 (1290)
   Good 35.2 (1709) 34.1 (1737) 34.9 (1918)
   Excellent or Very Good 46.0 (1870) 47.6 (1963) 47.3 (2193)
Physician Diagnosis for Overweight (%) 40.0 (1869) 43.8 (2130) 43.5 (2282)
  1. Note. Weighted proportions are shown. These weighted data adjust for unequal probabilities of selection. Percentages may not total 100 due to rounding. Totals may not sum to final sample size due to missing data.