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Table 3 Average BMIs SHS 20071

From: Need for weight management in Switzerland: findings from National Blood Pressure Week 2009

  age n N BMI 95% CI
female 18-29 1,214 564,162 21.7* 21.5-21.9
  30-39 1,762 572,102 23.1 22.8-23.3
  40-49 1,820 630,493 23.3*** 23.0-23.5
  50-59 1,572 500,548 24.3 24.0-24.5
  60-69 1,642 420,054 24.8* 24.5-25.0
  70-79 1,225 297,687 25.3 25.0-25.6
  > = 80 627 159,492 24.3* 23.9-24.7
male 18-29 1,079 576,393 23.5* 23.3-23.8
  30-39 1,455 548,201 25.0*** 24.7-25.2
  40-49 1,687 627,945 25.7** 25.5-25.9
  50-59 1,311 501,934 26.1** 25.8-26.4
  60-69 1,277 405,718 26.4* 26.1-26.6
  70-79 849 240,490 26.0 25.6-26.4
  > = 80 359 98,160 25.4 25.0-25.8
total   17,879 6,143,378 24.4*** 24.3-24.5
female   9,862 3,144,538 23.6*** 23.4-23.7
male   8,017 2,998,840 25.3*** 25.2-25.4
  1. 1n: number of subjects in the sample; N: estimated number of subjects in the Swiss population; BMI: body mass index kg/m2; CI: confidence intervals. All BMI figures are population corrected (weighted) and are based on arithmetic means within age and gender groups. SHS BMI was calculated using self-reported height and weight, asterisks denote significant group differences between average SHS BMIs and their corresponding NBPW BMIs (see Table 4).* p < 0.05; ** p < 0.01; *** p < 0.001. Source: Swiss Health Survey 2007, Federal Office of Public Health.