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Table 1 Demographics characteristics of normal weight, overweight and obese general practice patients included in the study

From: A cross-sectional study assessing Australian general practice patients’ intention, reasons and preferences for assistance with losing weight

Characteristic Normal weight Overweight Obese   Design based degrees of freedom  
(n = 546) (n = 461) (n = 299)   p-value
  n(%) n(%) n(%) Test statistic
Age (yrs)     5.4 (4.5, 49) >0.001
18 – 24 47 (8.6) 18 (3.9) 11 (3.7)    
25 – 44 162 (30) 117 (25) 71 (24)    
45 - 64 169 (31) 172 (37) 122 (41)    
≥ 65 168 (31) 154 (33) 95 (32)    
n(%) female 378 (69) 233 (51) 186 (62) 11 (1.6, 18) 0.001
n(%) Caucasian 473 (87) 403 (87) 247 (83) 1.5 (1.8, 20) 0.2
Number of times previously seen GP in last 12 months     4.5 (3.5, 38) 0.007
0 – 3 268 (52) 203 (47) 90 (34)    
4 – 6 139 (27) 119 (28) 81 (31)    
7 – 10 51 (9.9) 54 (13) 36 (14)    
≥ 10 58 (11) 43 (13) 57 (22)    
Level of education (n = 1197) a     1.7 (3.4, 38) 0.2
Completed HSC and below 212 (42) 196 (45) 136 (48)    
TAFE or Diploma 87 (17) 66 (15) 53 (19)    
University 165 (32) 134 (31) 67 (24)    
Postgraduate 42 (8.1) 27 (6.2) 12 (4.3)    
n(%) insufficient level of physical activity 230 (42) 212 (46) 188 (63) 22 (1.5, 16) >0.001
n(%) smokers 57 (10) 49 (11) 33 (11) 0.03 (1.8, 19) 0.9
n(%) PHQ >10 70 (13) 57 (12) 69 (23) 9.9 (1.6, 18) 0.002
n(%) with heart disease 47 (8.6) 54 (12) 38 (13) 2.8 (1.7, 18) 0.1
n(%) with chronic pain 33 (6.0) 35 (7.6) 49 (16) 24 (1.7, 19) >0.001
n(%) with high blood pressure 112 (21) 162 (35) 154 (52) 50 (1.7, 19) >0.001
n(%) with high cholesterol 87 (16) 133 (29) 95 (32) 19 (1.9, 21) >0.001
n(%) with type 2 diabetes 18 (3.3) 26 (5.6) 50 (17) 16 (2.0, 22) >0.001
  1. anumber less than total due to incomplete surveys.
  2. HSC: High school certificate (equivalent to completion of high school); TAFE: Technical and Further Education (equivalent to technical certificate).