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Table 3 Prevalence (%) of healthy lifestyle score items by education categories in females

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 59 71 30 91 31 59 54 36 16 75
Intermediate 57 57 26 93 34 57 43 26 11 76
Low 53 61 29 94 33 57 46 25 11 75
P-value 0.22 <0.01 0.40 0.42 0.66 0.92 0.02 <0.01 0.06 0.98
Participant's education           
High 67 70 34 92 34 62 48 33 16 77
Intermediate 48 51 23 92 31 58 47 28 10 76
Low 42 58 21 94 33 50 45 22 9 72
P-value <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 0.59 0.76 <0.01 0.67 <0.01 <0.01 0.28
Educational mobility           
Stable high 66 73 33 91 32 61 55 39 18 77
Stable intermediate 53 44 23 93 32 57 43 28 12 74
Stable low 40 60 18 94 33 51 44 21 9 72
Downward 44 59 24 93 33 51 47 24 8 74
Upward 63 65 32 93 33 62 46 28 13 77
P-value <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 0.89 0.99 0.04 0.17 <0.01 0.03 0.67
  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 = 1112 to n = 1603
  4. P-values are from Person's χ2 tests