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Table 2 Adjusted odds ratio for demographic and clinical characteristics associated with general practice patients’ intention to lose weight in the next 6 months (n = 1197)

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

Variables n(%) not intending to lose weight n(%) intending to lose weight Adjusted odds ratio 95% CI p-value*
BMI category      
Normal weight 340 (67) 166 (33) 1.0   
Overweight 145 (34) 278 (66) 6.6 [4.8, 9.3] <0.001*
Obese 37 (14) 231 (86) 20 [9.0, 45] <0.001*
Sex      
Male 269 (55) 215 (45) 1.0   
Female 294 (38) 474 (62) 3.9 [2.9, 5.1] <0.001*
Scores on PHQ-9      
<10 506 (47) 563 (53) 1.0   
≥10 57 (31) 127 (69) 1.8 [1.0, 3.3] 0.05
Age      
18-24 46 (55) 38 (45) 1.0   
25-44 127 (37) 218 (63) 1.4 [0.7, 2.8] 0.4
45-64 173 (40) 264 (60) 0.8 [0.8, 1.5] 0.5
65+ 217 (56) 170 (44) 0.4 [0.2, 0.8] 0.009*
Presence of chronic pain      
No 522 (46) 625 (54) 1.0   
Yes 41 (29) 65 (61) 0.8 [0.5, 1.3] 0.3
Presence of high cholesterol      
No 455 (47) 498 (52) 1.0   
Yes 108 (36) 192 (64) 1.6 [1.3, 2.1] 0.001*
Presence of high blood pressure      
No 414 (49) 437 (51) 1.0   
Yes 149 (37) 253 (63) 1.8 [1.0, 2.5] 0.1
Education ( n = 1147) a      
High school education and below 293 (51) 281 (49) 1.0   
TAFE/Diploma 88 (41) 128 (59) 1.9 [1.3, 2.8] 0.005*
Tertiary education 150 (39) 230 (61) 2.0 [1.4, 2.9] 0.001*
Postgraduate 32 (39) 51 (61) 2.5 [1.3, 5.1] 0.01*
  1. PHQ-9: Patient Health Questionnaire-9; BMI: Body Mass Index; TAFE: Technical and Further Education (equivalent to technical certificate).
  2. * p-value <0.05 indicates significant variables in multiple logistic regression for intending to lose weight in next six months.
  3. anumber less than total due to incomplete surveys.