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Table 2 Weighted distribution (%) of the explanatory variables and age-adjusted mean BMI of women in 2000/01 and 2004/05 by the explanatory variables, and results of a test of change (p value) between the two periods.

From: Levelling off of prevalence of obesity in the adult population of Sweden between 2000/01 and 2004/05

   2000/01 (n = 5838) 2004/05 (4821) P values for test of change
Explanatory
variable
Category (subgroup) Distribution
(%)
BMI mean Distribution
(%)
BMI
mean
 
Totals 16-84   24.4   24.3 Ns
Age 16-24 12.6 21.9 13.4 21.8 Ns
  25-34 17.0 23.4 16.4 23.5 Ns
  35-44 16.9 24.3 17.4 24.5 Ns
  45-54 17.3 24.7 17.1 24.7 Ns
  55-64 15.3 25.8 16.4 25.4 0.02
  65-74 11.3 25.7 10.9 25.8 Ns
  75-84 9.6 25.2 8.4 25.3 Ns
Educational level (years) ≤9 26.4 24.9 23.1 24.7 Ns
  10-11 30.6 24.6 25.1 24.9 0.045
  ≥12 43.0 24.0 51.8 24.1 Ns
Smoking Never 54.5 24.4 54.2 24.3 Ns
  Former 25.1 24.7 28.2 24.6 Ns
  Daily 20.4 23.9 17.6 24.0 Ns
Urbanization2 1 35.7 24.0 36.2 24.0 Ns
  2 35.8 24.5 36.2 24.5 Ns
  3 28.5 24.9 27.6 24.8 Ns
Immigrant Sweden 82.1 24.3 80.3 24.3 Ns
Status Second-generation immigrants 6.3 24.5 6.7 24.7 Ns
  Labour immigrants 5.8 25.2 5.7 24.9 Ns
  Refugees 5.8 25.3 7.2 25.1 Ns
  1. All persons in the sample were between 16 and 84 years old.
  2. 1 (1) The three largest cities in Sweden, (2) medium-sized towns (> 90,000) and (3) small towns (27,000-90,000) or rural areas.