Weight status perception and weight loss intention among urban youth

R. Dey, B. Ruth Clark, Nicole Ackermann, Susan B. Racette

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Aim: We explored associations of weight perception with measured weight status and weight loss intention among urban youth. Methods: This community surveillance project included 317 youth (10–19 years, 64% black) who answered YRBSS questions and underwent measurements of height and weight. Results: Weight misperception was observed among 47% of participants; 41% underestimated and 6% overestimated their weight status. Among youth with overweight and obesity, however, 72% misperceived their weight status; those with accurate perception were more likely to report trying to lose weight. Conclusion: Addressing weight status misperceptions may be essential when advocating lifestyle behavior change to promote healthful body weight among youth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-394
Number of pages4
JournalObesity Research and Clinical Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019


  • Adolescent
  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Weight perception
  • Youth


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