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Table 1 Distributions of sociodemographic and life style characteristics among BMI-categories; men and women (N = 8,944)a)

From: Moderately overweight and obese patients in general practice: a population based survey

  Men Women
  BMI < 25 kg/m2 (n = 1980) BMI 25- <30 kg/m2 (n = 1707) BMI = 30 kg/m2 (n = 361)   BMI < 25 kg/m2 (n = 2800) BMI 25- <30 kg/m2 (n = 1488) BMI = 30 kg/m2 (n = 608)  
Age     p < 0.001     p < 0.001
   < 35 years 31.5 14.2 13.0   28.9 13.1 12.5  
   35–54 40.3 46.3 51.5   44.9 43.3 43.6  
   55–74 21.6 33.0 31.3   19.5 33.4 36.0  
   75plus 6.6 6.4 4.2   6.8 10.2 7.9  
Educational level     p < 0.001     p < 0.001
   Low 28.8 35.9 46.0   28.5 44.8 55.9  
   Middle 45.0 41.4 40.7   48.1 40.4 34.2  
   High 26.2 22.7 13.3   23.3 14.7 9.9  
Health insurance     p = 0.005     p < 0.001
   Public 58.8 58.2 67.3   68.8 73.9 79.8  
   Private 41.2 41.8 32.7   31.2 26.1 20.2  
Place of residence     p = 0.008     ns
   Urban 35.1 30.2 33.5   35.9 33.6 34.9  
   Rural 64.9 69.8 66.5   64.1 66.4 65.1  
Smoking     p = 0.001     p < 0.001
   Non-smoker 60.9 66.9 64.0   70.8 75.9 76.6  
   Current smoker 39.1 33.1 36.0   29.2 24.1 23.4  
Alcohol consumption     p < 0.001     p < 0.001
   None 14.8 17.5 24.3   28.2 37.0 45.0  
s 1–2 glass p/day 58.8 57.8 51.7   64.5 56.4 50.8  
> 2 glasses p/day 26.4 24.7 24.0   7.3 6.6 4.2  
Exercise (> 30 minutes p/day)     p = 0.034     p < 0.001
< 1 day p/week 10.2 10.5 15.6   12.5 17.5 21.6  
1–3 days p/week 24.7 26.8 25.6   21.0 19.5 21.8  
4–6 days p/week 24.2 22.0 22.8   21.6 20.8 20.6  
all days 40.8 40.8 36.1   45.0 42.2 36.0  
% of all men/women 48.9 42.2 8.9 100% 57.2 30.4 12.4 100%
  1. a) significance test: Pearson Chi-square test, ns = not significant (p > 0.05)