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Table 3 Perception of own weight: distribution of answers of respondents who reported their own body image by BMI categories

From: Body size perception, knowledge about obesity and factors associated with lifestyle change among patients, health care professionals and public health experts

Group of respondents by BMI categoriesa Perception of own weightb, n (%) Total
Answer of respondent
I am Underweight About the right weight A bit overweight Very overweight
BMI 18.5–24.9
 Patients 37 (9.2) 281 (70.1) 82 (20.4) 1 (0.2) 401 (100)
 Nurses 2 (3.8) 32 (60.4) 19 (35.8) 0 53 (100)
 Doctors 1 (3.8) 17 (65.4) 8 (30.8) 0 26 (100)
 Policy makers 0 11 (91.7) 1 (8.3) 0 12 (100)
Total 40 (8.1) 341 (69.3) 110 (22.4) 1 (0.2) 492 (100)
BMI 25.0–29.9
 Patients 0 63 (21.2) 202 (68.0) 32 (10.8) 297 (100)
 Nurses 0 0 24 (96.0) 1 (4.0) 25 (100)
 Doctors 0 2 (8.0) 18 (72.0) 5 (20.0) 25 (100)
 Policy makers 0 3 (27.3) 5 (45.5) 3 (27.3) 11 (100)
Total 0 68 (19.0) 249 (69.9) 41 (11.5) 358 (100)
BMI ≥ 30
 Patients 0 5 (2.5) 67 (33.8) 126 (63.6) 198 (100)
 Nurses 0 0 8 (42.1) 11 (57.9) 19 (100)
 Doctors 0 0 4 (30.8) 9 (69.2) 13 (100)
 Policy makers 0 0 1 (33.3) 2 (66.7) 3 (100)
Total 0 5 (2.1) 80 (34.3) 148 (63.5) 233 (100)
  1. aBMI was calculated by self-reported weight and height
  2. bPerception of own weight were asked by question: Which of the following best describes how you think of yourself at the moment?