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Table 3 Health behaviors and anthropometric characteristics for participants of the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study.

From: The Boston Puerto Rican Health Study, a longitudinal cohort study on health disparities in Puerto Rican adults: challenges and opportunities

Characteristic (%)   Men Women
   Ages 45-59 Ages 60-75 Ages 45-59 Ages 60-75
Abdominal obesitya 43.0* 45.6* 79.7 84.1
BMIb Overweight 46.6* 47.5* 30.4*** 30.4
  Obesity (Class I and II) 49.5 49.2 51.2 57.1
  Extreme Obesity (Class III) 3.9 3.4 18.5 12.6
Physical activity Sedentary 36.7* 46.9* 39.8*** 61.4
  Light activity 52.2 44.9 56.3 37.8
  Moderate & vigorous activity 11.2 8.2 3.9 0.8
Current smokerc   38.3*;** 27.6* 25.7** 12.8
Non-drinker   48.2* 52.5* 59.0*** 75.9
Current moderate drinkerd   35.5 36.4 36.7 22.2
Current heavy drinkerd   16.3 11.2 4.3 1.9
Multivitamin use   18.5 21.2 18.2 20.4
  1. *P < 0.05; between sex, within age category
  2. **P < 0.05; between age categories, within sex
  3. ***P < 0.05; overall between age categories, within sex
  4. a Waist circumference > 102 cm in men; > 88 cm in women
  5. b Defined as weight (kg)/height (m)2; overweight = 25-29.9, obesity class I and II = 30-39.9, and extreme obesity (class III) ≥ 40.
  6. c Significant differences determined for current versus past and never
  7. d Moderate drinker defined as ≤ 1 drink/day in females or ≤ 2 drinks/day in males. Heavy drinker defined as > 6 drinks during one day of drinking, or > 1 drink/day in females or > 2 drinks/day in males.