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Table 1 Composition of variables used for analysis in the MCCS ^ study population

From: The mediating role of dietary factors and leisure time physical activity on socioeconomic inequalities in body mass index among Australian adults

Behaviour Components Units
LTPA* Physical activity score (walking, non-vigorous, vigorous) Times/week
Alcohol   g/day
Diet soft drink   Times/week
Soft drink   Times/week
Healthy snacks Yoghurt 0 = Consume nuts and yoghurt
< 0.5 times/week
  Nuts 1 = Consume nuts or yoghurt 0.5 ≥ times/week
Healthy savoury items Wholemeal bread, rolls, toast Continuous sum of each variable in times/week
Wheat germ
Chicken, boiled or steamed
Fish, boiled, steamed or baked
Fruit and vegetables (meeting guidelines) Fruit 0 = Consume fruit < 2 times/day or veg < 5 times/day
Vegetable (except potato) 1 = Consume fruit ≥ 2 times/day and veg ≥5 times/day
Sweet snacks Cakes and sweet pastries Continuous sum of each variable in times/week
Sweet biscuits
Unhealthy savoury items White bread Continuous sum of each variable in times/week
Pies and savoury pastries
Dim-sims and spring rolls
Corn and potato chips
Roast or fried chicken
Roast or fried potatoes
Sausages or frankfurters
Salami or continental sausages
Manufactured luncheon meats
Corned beef
  1. * Leisure time physical activity (times/week).
  2. ^ This study utilises a sample of 30,630 participants from the baseline sample of the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study (MCCS) which was conducted in Melbourne between 1990 and 1994.