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Volume 6: No. 4, October 2009

ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Validity of Self-Reported Height, Weight, and Body Mass Index: Findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2001-2006

Body Mass Index (kg/m2) Sex
Male, % (95% CI) Female, % (95% CI)
Underweight (<18.5) 32.0 (24.7-39.4) 57.7 (50.3-65.1)
Normal weight (18.5-24.9) 76.2 (74.0-78.4) 65.5 (63.2-67.7)
Overweight (25.0-29.9) 46.8 (44.1-49.5) 24.4 (22.3-26.5)
Obese (≥30.0) 12.0 (10.1-13.8) 4.9 (3.9-5.9)

Figure 1. Participants Who Perceived Their Weight as About Right, By Sex and BMI Classification, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2001-2006.

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