Purpose. The purposes of this study were to (a) determine whether actual weight, biological sex, and race/ethnicity were related to differences of weight perception, nutrition and activity knowledge, perceived difficulty, attitudes, and choices about living a healthy lifestyle in adolescents; and (b) describe the relationships among these variables. Design and Methods. This was a cross-sectional descriptive, correlational design with 404 adolescents. Results. Perception of weight was more accurate in overweight adolescents. Teens who reported difficulty in leading a healthy lifestyle reported less healthy choices, attitudes, and knowledge. Practice Implications. Findings suggest tailored interventions should consider biological sex and race/ethnicity.
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