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Table 4 Prevalence of overweight and obesity, by survey year, sex and educational group.

From: Changes of overweight and obesity in the adult Swiss population according to educational level, from 1992 to 2007

Gender/educational level 1992 1997 2002 2007
Men     
Overweight (%)     
   Low 368 (37.6) 332 (38.5) 470 (42.1) 316 (42.9)
   Middle 1252 (34.5) 1141 (36.0) 2074 (39.4) 1794 (39.6)
   High 621 (31.6) 507 (33.6) 807 (37.1) 1107 (40.3)
Obesity (%)     
   Low 90 (9.2) 90 (10.4) 136 (12.2) 117 (15.9)
   Middle 233 (6.4) 208 (6.6) 493 (9.3) 486 (10.7)
   High 88 (4.5) 76 (5.1) 136 (6.3) 149 (5.4)
Women     
Overweight (%)     
   Low 561 (26.7) 564 (29.9) 786 (31.2) 585 (33.7)
   Middle 695 (14.9) 839 (19.0) 1466 (21.5) 1309 (21.9)
   High 130 (11.1) 67 (10.4) 146 (14.3) 354 (16.6)
Obesity (%)     
   Low 188 (8.9) 222 (11.8) 307 (12.2) 251 (14.5)
   Middle 177 (3.8) 258 (5.9) 476 (7.0) 486 (8.1)
   High 27 (2.3) 20 (3.1) 42 (4.1) 99 (4.6)
  1. Non-weighted data.
  2. Overweight is defined as a BMI ≥ 25 and <30 kg/m2. Obesity is defined as a BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2. Results are expressed as number of subjects and (percentage). Statistical analysis adjusting for survey by Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel test: for men, test = 7.32, p < 0.01; for women, test = 1064, p < 0.001.