Misperceived weight status among U.S. boys by BMI 2005-2012

This statistic depicts the weight status misperception among boys in the United States, aged 8 to 15 years, in the period between 2005 and 2012, based on body mass index (BMI). During these years, 10.3 percent of boys between 8 and 15 years old that were at a normal BMI believed themselves to be too thin. 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 boys in the U.S. between 2005 and 2012 , by body mass index

Too thinAbout rightOverweight
Underweight48.2%51.8%-
Normal weight10.3%87%2.7%
Overweight0.6%80.9%18.5%
Obese1.4%47.6%51%
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Source

Release date

January 2014

Region

United States

Survey time period

2005 to 2012

Supplementary notes

BMI: body mass index.

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