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Table 3 Weight loss behaviors ever used to consciously lose or control weight of normal weight, overweight, and obese female college students.

From: Dieting practices, weight perceptions, and body composition: A comparison of normal weight, overweight, and obese college females

Variable Frequency "yes" response (%) X 2 p (weight status)
Consciously eat less than you want   10.1 < .01
Normal weighta 44   
Overweightb 57   
Obesec 81   
Count grams of fat   1.0 .60
Normal weighta 23   
Overweightb 31   
Obesec 24   
Count net carbs   2.3 .32
Normal weighta 18   
Overweightb 17   
Obesec 5   
Count calories   0.2 .89
Normal weighta 39   
Overweightb 43   
Obesec 43   
Eat or drink low fat or fat free versions of foods/drinks 2.9 .24
Normal weighta 57   
Overweightb 71   
Obesec 52   
Eat or drink sugar free versions of foods/drinks 2.2 .33
Normal weighta 43   
Overweightb 49   
Obesec 29   
Exercise   2.2 .33
Normal weighta 77   
Overweightb 89   
Obesec 81   
Use artificial sweeteners    
Normal weighta 31 6.3 .04
Overweightb 31   
Obesec 5   
Skip breakfast    
Normal weighta 27 4.9 .09
Overweightb 40   
Obesec 48   
  1. Note: X 2 (2, N = 166).
  2. an = 113; bn = 35; cn = 21.