Perceived weight by ethnic group: General Social Survey interviewers recorded perceptions of their respondent's weight, ranging from "below average" (=1) to "considerably above average" (=4). In contrast to scales, measuring weight in this way allows us to see how people are perceived by others. I calculated the means for all ethnic groups with at least 30 respondents in the sample:
Mean weight score
American Indian 2.29
As we saw in a post on scale-measured weight, Mexican Americans are the heaviest group. The objective and subjective match up. Blacks, the other large NAM, are next; American Indians are fifth. Next heaviest are those of southern European descent. Northern and eastern Europeans are next, followed by Jews. Chinese Americans--no surprise--are the skinniest. The pattern follows social class ranking. The difference between Mex-Ams and Chinese folks is almost one standard deviation.