Table 2

Prevalence (percent) of obesity defined as body mass index >= 30 kg/m2) calculated from self-reported versus measured height and weight by gender, age, and ethnicity: NHANES III.(weighted)

Ethnicity


EA

AA

MA


Men

20–59y

Self-report

16.2

18.2

18.5

Measured

19.4

20.5

20.4

Difference

-3.2

-2.3

-1.9

60+y

Self-report

15.0

17.1

18.7

Measured

21.5

22.4

22.2

Difference

-6.5

-5.3

-3.5

Women

20–59y

Self-report

17.6

30.0

21.6

Measured

22.1

36.1

33.3

Difference

-4.5

-6.1

-11.7

60+y

Self-report

16.4

31.2

20.8

Measured

24.1

40.0

34.4

Difference

-7.7

-8.8

-13.6

N

6846

4431

3748


EA, Non-Hispanic European American, AA, Non-Hispanic African American, MA, Mexican American WT VOB123003

Gillum and Sempos Nutrition Journal 2005 4:27   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-4-27

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