Misperceived weight status amon U.S boys and girls by FIPR 2005-2012

This statistic shows the weight status misperception among boys and girls in the United States, aged 8 to 15 years in the period from 2005 to 2012, based on family income-to-poverty ratio (FIPR). During these years, 33.4 percent of boys coming from families that are under 130% of the FIPR, 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. boys and girls between 2005 and 2012, by family income-to-poverty ratio*

Less than 130% of the FIPR130% to 349% of the FIPR350% or more of the FIPR
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Release date

January 2014


United States

Survey time period

2005 to 2012

Supplementary notes

* FIPR: family income-to-poverty ratio.
Higher income: 350% or more of FIPR
Middle income: 130-349% of FIPR
Low income: less than 130% of FIPR

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