A Third of Overweight Teenagers Don’t Think They Are!

Diet, Tape MeasureA study, reported in the British Medical Journal (BMJ, 2015), that asked 4,979 adolescents aged 13-15 if they thought they were too heavy, about right, or too light found that almost half of overweight or obese boys (47%) and a third (32%) of overweight or obese girls identified themselves as ‘about the right weight’ or ‘too light.”

In comparison, 83% of normal weight boys and 84% of normal weight girls correctly identified themselves as ‘about the right weight.”

The study found that overall 73% of those studied were in the normal weight range, 20% were overweight, and 7% were obese.


BMJ 2015;351:h3816.

Jackson, S.E., Johnson, F., Croker, H. & Wardle, J. (2015) Weight Perceptions in a Population Sample of English Adolescents: Cause for Celebration or Concern? International Journal of Obesity. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2015.126.


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