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Table 2 Profile of weight control behavior use among those adolescents engaging solely in healthy behaviors to lose or maintain weight in the absence of unhealthy weight control behaviors, stratified by weight status and sex

From: Adolescents who engage exclusively in healthy weight control behaviors: Who are they?

   Weight status
  Overall % (n) Not overweight % (n) Overweight % (n) Obese % (n)
Girls
Prevalence of specific types of healthy weight control behavior
 Exercise 54.1 (192) 55.5 (136) 60.7 (37) 38.8 (19)
 Ate fruit and vegetables 54.1 (192) 52.0 (128) 52.5 (32) 66.7 (32)
 Drank less soda 41.2 (145) 38.3 (93) 50.8 (31) 43.8 (21)
 Ate less sweets 28.1 (99) 24.2 (59) 43.3 (26) 28.6 (14)
 Ate less fat 26.7 (94) 22.5 (55) 42.6 (26) 27.7 (13)
 Watched my portion size 18.4 (65) 16.3 (40) 27.9 (17) 16.7 (8)
Number of healthy weight control behaviors
 1 44.9 (160) 48.0 (118) 36.1 (22) 40.8 (20)
 2 24.7 (88) 25.2 (62) 18.0 (11) 30.6 (15)
 3 10.4 (37) 10.6 (26) 11.5 (7) 8.2 (4)
 4 9.6 (34) 7.3 (18) 14.8 (9) 14.3 (7)
 5 5.1 (18) 5.3 (13) 6.5 (4) 2.0 (1)
 6 5.3 (19) 3.7 (9) 13.1 (8) 4.1 (2)
Boys
Prevalence of specific types of healthy weight control behavior
 Exercise 72.6 (275) 75.0 (180) 77.6 (45) 61.7 (50)
 Ate fruit and vegetables 41.0 (155) 43.9 (105) 41.4 (24) 32.1 (26)
 Drank less soda 33.2 (122) 29.6 (68) 35.1 (20) 42.0 (34)
 Ate less sweets 24.9 (94) 18.1 (43) 31.0 (18) 40.7 (33)
 Ate less fat 17.3 (65) 16.5 (39) 20.7 (12) 17.3 (14)
 Watched my portion size 11.7 (44) 7.6 (18) 17.2 (10) 19.8 (16)
Number of healthy weight control behaviors
 1 48.0 (182) 50.0 (120) 50.0 (29) 40.7 (33)
 2 28.5 (108) 28.8 (69) 22.4 (13) 32.1 (26)
 3 10.6 (40) 11.3 (27) 5.2 (3) 12.4 (10)
 4 5.5 (21) 4.2 (10) 8.6 (5) 7.4 (6)
 5 4.0 (15) 4.2 (10) 5.2 (3) 2.5 (2)
 6 3.4 (13) 1.7 (4) 8.6 (5) 4.9 (4)
  1. Note: Not overweight, <85th BMI percentile; Overweight, ≥85th, <95th BMI percentile; Obese, ≥95th BMI percentile