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Table 5 Crude analysis of the association between education and physical-activity indicators, stratified by age group

From: Physical activity patterns and socioeconomic position: the German National Health Interview and Examination Survey 1998 (GNHIES98)

  No. in sample Sports activity ≥ 2 hours/week Sitting time ≥ 8 hours/weekday High total energy expenditure a
   OR 95% CI OR 95% CI OR 95% CI
Total 6800    
18-59 years of age 5276    
  Primary education 1824 1.0 1.0 1.0
  Secondary education 2654 1.3 (1.1-1.5) 1.6 (1.4-1.9) 0.7 (0.6-0.9)
  Tertiary education 798 1.7 (1.3-2.1) 3.7 (3.0-4.5) 0.3 (0.3-0.4)
60-79 years of age 1524    
  Primary education 1105 1.0 1.0 1.0
  Secondary education 267 2.2 (1.5-3.3) 0.8 (0.6-1.0) 1.6 (1.1-2.2)
  Tertiary education 152 2.6 (1.7-4.0) 1.0 (0.7-1.4) 1.2 (0.8-1.7)
  1. a Energy expenditure assessed on the basis of self-reported activities within 24h, expressed in metabolic equivalents (MET) kcal/kg, 1 MET = a person’s caloric consumption at complete rest, high energy expenditure = 4th + 5th quintiles of MET index.