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Table 3 Top ranked and ranked within top three reasons for wanting to lose weight in normal weight, overweight and obese general practice patients intending to change weight in next six months

From: A cross-sectional study assessing Australian general practice patients’ intention, reasons and preferences for assistance with losing weight

Reason for intending to lose weight Normal weight (n = 176)* Overweight (n = 299)* Obese (n = 253)*
Top reason Within top 3 reasons Top reason Within top 3 reasons Top reason Within top 3 reasons
n(%) [95% CI] n (%) [95% CI] n (%) [95% CI] n (%) [95% CI] n(%) [95% CI] n(%) [95% CI]
Health 66 (38) [30, 46] 76 (43) [35, 52] 168 (57) [49, 64] 204 (69) [62, 75] 182 (72) [65, 79] 208 (83) [75, 89]
Achieve ideal weight 23 (13) [9.2, 18] 83 (47) [40, 54] 36 (12) [8.2, 17] 130 (43) [37, 51] 15 (5.9) [4.0, 8.8] 119 (47) [40, 54]
Increase fitness 24 (14) [10], [18] 83 (47) [38, 56] 30 (10) [6.5, 15] 118 (40) [33, 48] 16 (6.3) [3.1, 12] 106 (42) [39, 46]
Improve appearance 33 (19) [14, 25] 79 (45) [38, 52] 24 (8.0) [5.1, 12] 62 (25) [27, 37] 9 (3.6) [1.7, 7.2] 62 (25) [18], [32]
Feel better 2 (1.1) [0.3, 4.8] 11 (6.3) [2.5, 15] 13 (4.4) [2.1, 8.9] 49 (16) [11, 25] 20 (7.9) [5.3, 12] 97 (38) [31, 47]
Currently overweight 13 (7.4) [3.5, 15] 49 (28) [21, 36] 16 (5.4) [2.9, 9.6] 46 (15) [11, 20] 3 (1.2) [0.4, 3.3] 28 (11) [6.8, 17]
Fit into old clothes 3 (1.7) [0.5, 5.3] 29 (16) [11, 24] 7 (2.3) [1.0. 5.4] 34 (11) [7.7, 16] 2 (0.8) [0.2, 3.2] 15 (5.9) [2.8, 12]
Increase confidence 12 (6.8) [4.2, 11] 37 (21) [16, 26] 4 (1.3) [5.1, 12] 35 (12) [7.5, 18] 4 (1.6) [1.7, 7.2] 29 (11) [8.0, 16]
  1. *Not equal to total intending to lose weight due to incomplete surveys.