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Table 1 Sample characteristics at Wave 1 among participants with complete self-reported height and weight information at Wave 1, shown by sex

From: Feasibility and validity of a statistical adjustment to reduce self-report bias of height and weight in wave 1 of the Add Health study

  Total Female Male
Characteristics (range) N % or M(SD) N % or M(SD) N % or M(SD)
Sex    10089 48.6 10086 51.4
Age (12–21 y)   16.0 (1.8)   15.9 (1.8)   16.1 (1.8)
Race/ethnicity       
 Hispanic/Latino 3393 11.9 1670 11.8 1723 12.0
 NH Black/AA 4497 15.9 2338 16.1 2159 15.7
 NH White 10503 67.8 5229 67.7 754 67.8
 NH Asian 1439 3.9 685 4.0 5274 3.9
 NH other 343 1.7 167 0.4 176 0.6
Parent education
 HS or less 8835 45.1 4425 45.1 4410 45.2
 Some college 4039 20.4 2082 21.2 1957 19.6
 College or more 6791 31.8 3305 31.0 3486 32.6
Weight status
 Healthy weight 14586 71.9 7552 74.9 7034 69.2
 Underweight 640 3.4 282 2.8 358 4.0
 Overweight 2819 14.3 1374 14.0 1445 14.6
 Obesity 2130 10.3 885 8.3 1245 12.2
Body size estimation
 About right 10470 52.1 4894 49.1 5576 54.9
 Underweight 3481 16.9 1207 11.2 2274 22.5
 Overweight 6214 30.9 3982 39.7 2232 22.7
Dieting to lose weight 2664 12.7 2059 20.4 605 5.5
Puberty status (1–5)     3.3 (1.1)   3.1 (1.2)
CES-D (0–60)   11.3 (7.8)   12.3 (8.5)   10.4 (7.1)
Self-rated health (1–5)   3.9 (0.9)   3.8 (0.9)   4.0 (0.9)
Self-esteem (1–5)   4.1 (0.6)   4.0 (0.6)   4.2 (0.6)
N= 20175      
  1. Higher scores indicate higher levels of depressive symptoms, self-rated health, and self-esteem. Weight status at Wave 1 is based on body mass index calculated from self-reported height and weight. Sample sizes do not always equal 100 % due to missing values. Sample sizes are shown in raw numbers; percentages are weighted to the US population
  2. M Mean, SD Standard deviation, HS High school, NH Non-Hispanic, AA African American, CES-D Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale