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Table 3 Comparison between participants’ actual weight status (WHR) to self-perceived weight status, weight loss attitudes and age

From: Distorted self-perceived weight status and its associated factors among civil servants in Tamale, Ghana: a cross-sectional study

  Actual weight as measured by WHR  
Variable Normal (%*) Overweight/obesity (%*) Total (n = 186**) P value
Self-perceived Weight status
Normal weight 96 (56.8%) 73 (43.2%) 169 (90.9%) 0.8014
Overweight/obesity 9 (52.9%) 8 (47.1%) 17 (9.1%)  
Classification of self-perceived weight status
Distorted 9 (10.9%) 73 (89.0%) 82 (44.1%) < 0.0001
Non-Distorted 96 (92.3%) 8 (7.7%) 104 (55.9%)  
Ever tried to lose weight
Yes 39 (54.2%) 33 (45.8%) 72 (38.7%) 0.6507
No 66 (57.9%) 48 (42.1%) 114 (61.3%)  
Methods used to lose weight
Diet 19 (52.8%) 17 (47.2%) 36 (50.0%) 1.0000
Exercise 20 (55.6%) 16 (44.4%) 36 (50.0%)  
Health personnel’s advice to lose weight
Yes 21 (65.6%) 11 (34.4%) 32 (44.4%) 0.0992
No 18 (45.0%) 22 (55.0%) 40 (55.6%)  
Has awareness on obesity and its health effects
Yes 95 (56.5%) 73 (43.5%) 168 (90.3%) 1.0000
No 10 (55.6%) 8 (44.4%) 18 (9.7%)  
Age (years)
< 40 81 (54.0%) 69 (46.0%) 150 (80.6%) 0.1933
≥ 40 24 (66.7%) 12 (33.3%) 36 (19.4%)  
  1. Data are presented as proportion and analyzed using Fischer’s exact test. *Row percentage, **Column percentage.