Table 1

Mean body composition, weight perceptions, and physical activity among normal weight, overweight, and obese female college students.

Weight classification


Normal weight

Overweight

Obese

n = 113

n = 35

n = 21


Variable

M ± SD

M ± SD

M ± SD

Body composition

Weight (pounds)

130a ± 13

160b ± 18

213c ± 39

BMI (kg/m2)

21.9a ± 1.8

27.3b ± 1.3

35.3c ± 5.7

Body fat (%)

28a ± 4

33b ± 4

38c ± 3

Waist-to-hip ratio

0.72a ± 0.01

0.76b ± 0.05

0.83c ± 0.07

Weight perceptions

Perceived healthy weight (pounds)

123a ± 10

138b ± 17

164c ± 26

Perceived attractive weight (pounds)

122a ± 11

136b ± 17

158c ± 29

Perceived natural weight (pounds)

138a ± 18

169b ± 25

216c ± 42

Perceived healthy weight (% of current)

95a ± 7

87b ± 6

77c ± 6

Perceived attractive weight (% of current)

94a ± 7

85b ± 6

74c ± 8

Perceived natural weight (% of current)

106 ± 9

106 ± 10

102 ± 2

Physical activity

4.1 ± 2.5

3.8 ± 2.5

3.5 ± 2.5


Note: Means in the same row having letters that do not share subscripts differ at p < .01 in the Tukey-Kramer honestly significant difference test. The higher the physical activity score, the greater intensity and amount of reported exercise over the past 30 days using a scoring system of 0 (do not participate regularly in planned exercise) to 7 (spend over 3 hours weekly in heavy exercise).

Malinauskas et al. Nutrition Journal 2006 5:11   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-5-11

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