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Table 3 BMI distribution of Japanese and Korean university students. The BMI of Japanese and Korean students was categorized into 3 groups (underweight, normal and obese class1), according to the BMI classification of the Japan Society for the Study of Obesity.

From: A comparative study of food habits and body shape perception of university students in Japan and Korea

Classification BMI Total Japan (%) Korea (%) p values
Underweight <18.5 61(24.7) 23 (20.2) 38 (28.6) n.s
Normal 18.5-<25 183 (74.1) 89 (78.1) 94 (70.7) n.s
Obese class 1 25-<30 3 (1.2) 2 (1.8) 1 (0.8) n.s
  1. BMI classification as defined by Japan Society for the Study of Obesity (2000)