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Table 5 Sensitivity and positive predictive value (PVP) of obesity defined as body mass index >= 30 kg/m2 calculated from self-reported height and weight by gender, age, and ethnicity: NHANES III.(weighted)

From: Ethnic variation in validity of classification of overweight and obesity using self-reported weight and height in American women and men: the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

   Ethnicity
   EA AA MA
Men     
20–59y Sensitivity 77 78 75
  PPV 93 88 83
60+y Sensitivity 65 67 70
  PPV 93 88 83
Women     
20–59y Sensitivity 76 77 61
  PPV 95 93 94
60+y Sensitivity 66 73 57
  PPV 98 93 94
N   6846 4431 3748
  1. EA, Non-Hispanic European American, AA, Non-Hispanic African American, MA, Mexican American