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Table 1 Parents’ beliefs about overweight in children, distributed on NOWC and OWC

From: Child overweight in general practice – parents’ beliefs and expectations – a questionnaire survey study

     Agree Slightly Slightly Disagree Don't Missing  
      agree disagree   know   
     n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%) p-value
Overweight in children is caused        
by hereditary conditions         
  Weight status N=772 NOWC n(%) 70(9.1) 454(58.8) 134(17.4) 63(8.2) 43(5.6) 8(1.0)  
   N=87 OWC n(%) 8(9.2) 54(62.1) 10(11.5) 10(11.5) 2(2.3) 3(3.4) 0.37
Overweight in children is caused by        
inappropriate diet          
  Weight status N=772 NOWC n(%) 593(76.8) 169(21.9) 3(0.4) 0(0.0) 1(0.1) 6(0.8)  
   N=87 OWC n(%) 56(64.4) 28(32.2) 0(0.0) 1(1.2) 0(0.0) 2(2.3) 0.02
Overweight in children is caused by        
too little exercise          
  Weight status N=772 NOWC n(%) 519(67.2) 237(30.7) 6(0.8) 1(0.13) 2(0.3) 7(0.9)  
   N=87 OWC n(%) 45(51.7) 35(40.2) 1(1.2) 4(4.6) 0(0.0) 2(2.3) 0.01
Overweight in children goes away by        
itself, as they grow up         
  Weight status N=772 NOWC n(%) 5(0.7) 114(14.8) 291(37.7) 338(43.8) 16(2.1) 8(1.0)  
   N=87 OWC n(%) 3(3.5) 23(26.4) 29(33.3) 25(28.7) 3(3.5) 4(4.6) 0.001
Overweight in children is a problem        
requiring medical care         
  Weight status N=772 NOWC n(%) 142(18.4) 415(53.8) 138(17.9) 20(2.6) 49(6.4) 8(1.0)  
   N=87 OWC n(%) 12(13.8) 42(48.3) 17(19.5) 1(1.2) 10(11.5) 5(0.6) 0.31
Overweight in children can be reverted into normal weight        
  Weight status N=772 NOWC n(%) 612(79.3) 137(17.8) 2(0.3) 3(0.4) 9(1.2) 9(1.2)  
   N=87 OWC n(%) 64(73.6) 17(19.5) 2(2.3) 0(0.0) 2(2.3) 2(2.3) 0.10
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