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Table 2 Prevalence (%) of healthy lifestyle score items by education categories in males

From: Intergenerational educational mobility is associated with cardiovascular disease risk behaviours in a cohort of young Australian adults: The Childhood Determinants of Adult Health (CDAH) Study

  Non- Smoker BMI <25 kg/m2 LTPA >3 hrs/week Alcohol <20 g/day Low salt use Uses skim milk Fish ≥ 2 times/week Meat <5 times/week Fruit/veg. ≥ 7 times/week Uses low fat spread
Parent's education           
High 58 48 39 84 25 48 50 19 8 79
Intermediate 61 41 36 85 29 45 50 14 8 70
Low 54 30 36 86 24 44 49 16 6 76
P-value 0.17 <0.01 0.63 0.84 0.211 0.63 0.96 0.28 0.52 0.05
Participant's education           
High 68 46 46 85 30 50 50 21 10 79
Intermediate 54 31 32 84 24 44 50 15 6 70
Low 43 39 29 86 22 41 48 10 6 76
P-value <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 0.92 0.08 0.10 0.93 <0.01 0.10 0.02
Educational mobility           
Stable high 66 50 42 84 27 50 49 23 10 81
Stable intermediate 62 31 30 82 24 40 51 14 5 67
Stable low 45 31 27 85 17 39 43 8 7 79
Downward 44 47 32 86 26 42 52 11 6 73
Upward 63 36 43 86 29 49 51 19 8 75
P-value <0.01 <0.01 0.02 0.86 0.15 0.11 0.62 0.01 0.63 0.06
  1. Values are percentages
  2. BMI: body mass index, LTPA: moderate to vigorous intensity leisure time physical activity
  3. The number of participants ranges from n = 1042 to n = 1283
  4. P-values are from Person's χ2 tests