Misperceived weight status among U.S children and adolescents by age 2005-2012

This statistic shows the weight status misperception among children and adolescents in the United States by gender, aged 8 to 15 years in the period between 2005 and 2012. During these years, 34.9 percent of boys between 8 and 11 years old, misperceived their weight status. Obesity among children is a major health concern that can lead to many complications in adulthood. Correct self-perception of weight in children may also be associated with appropriate weight control behaviors in children and adolescents.

Weight status misperception among U.S. children and adolescents between 2005 and 2012, by gender and age group

All ages30.2%32.3%28%
8-11 years33.1%34.9%31.2%
12-15 years27.4%29.7%25%
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Release date

January 2014


United States

Survey time period

2005 to 2012

Age group

8-15 years

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