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Table 1 Subject characteristics at baseline

From: Foods, nutrients or whole diets: effects of targeting fish and LCn3PUFA consumption in a 12mo weight loss trial

Variable All subjects who has baseline data Completers Dropouts pvalue# Compliers Non-compliers pvalue*
n 118 63 55 - 36 27 -
Age (years) 45.1 ± 8.4 45.4 ± 9.2 44.9 ± 7.4 0.751 47.1 ± 8.3 43.1 ± 10.0 0.092
Male (%) 26.3 31.7 20.0 0.148 30.6 33.3 0.815
Weight (kg) 88.6 ± 12.1 88.5 ± 12.5 88.7 ± 11.6 0.921 89.5 ± 12.2 87.1 ± 13.1 0.444
BMI (kg/m2) 31.2 ± 3.5 30.9 ± 3.6 31.6 ± 3.4 0.302 31.6 ± 3.5 29.9 ± 3.5 0.069
Smokers (%) 5.9 6.3 5.5 0.837 8.3 3.7 0.456
Education level TAFE or above (%) 64.4 68.3 60.0 0.350 55.6 85.2 0.012
Labour intensive job (%)1 35.0 33.3 37.0 0.713 36.1 29.6 0.359
Taking regular medication (%) 26.3 20.6 32.7 0.137 22.2 18.5 0.719
Country of birth (%)        
Oceania 83.6 87.1 79.6   85.7 88.9  
Europe 12.1 9.7 14.8 0.552 11.4 7.4 0.858
Others 4.3 3.2 5.6   2.9 3.7  
  1. Values are mean ± SD or percentages. p values obtained using ANOVA for continuous variables and Pearson’s Chi’s square for categorical variables.
  2. # p value for differences between completers and dropouts.
  3. * p value for differences between compliers and non-compliers.
  4. 1Labour intensive jobs included: carer, home duties, retail and trade professionals.