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Table 2 Participant characteristics and prevalence of central obesity, Four Provinces Study, China (2008/09)

From: Education is associated with lower levels of abdominal obesity in women with a non-agricultural occupation: an interaction study using China’s four provinces survey

Total = 1921 Participant characteristic Prevalence of central obesity
  N (%) % (SE)
WC (cm)
Not centrally obese1 652 (33.9) -
Centrally obese2 1269 (66.1) -
Age group
60-69 875 (45.6) 63.2 (1.6)
70-79 749 (39.0) 69.4 (1.7)
80+ 297 (15.5) 66.0 (2.8)
Area of residence
Urban 996 (51.9) 72.7 (1.4)
Rural 925 (48.2) 58.9 (1.6)
Parity
0 29 (1.5) 82.8 (7.1)
1-3 952 (49.6) 66.3(1.5)
4+ 940 (48.9) 65.3 (1.6)
Current smoker
No 1667 (86.8) 67.5 (1.1)
Yes 254 (13.2) 55.9 (3.1)
Currently consumes alcohol
No 1849 (96.3) 66.3 (1.1)
Yes 72 (3.7) 59.7 (5.8)
Meat consumption
< once/day 831 (43.3) 62.9 (1.7)
≥ once/day 1090 (57.1) 68.4 (1.4)
Fruit and vegetable consumption
< once/day 87 (4.5) 58.6 (5.3)
≥ once/day 1834 (95.4) 66.4 (1.1)
Education level
None 949 (49.4) 63.6 (1.6)
Any 972 (50.6) 68.4 (1.5)
Occupation group
Agricultural 1048 (54.6) 61.3 (1.5)
Non-agricultural 873 (45.4) 71.8 (1.5)
Occupation by education level
No education   
Agricultural 762 (80.3) 60.2 (1.8)
Non-agricultural 187 (19.7) 77.5 (3.1)
Any education
Agricultural 286 (29.4) 70.3 (1.7)
Non-agricultural 686 (70.6) 63.2 (1.6)
  1. 1 Not centrally obese: WC < 80 cm.
  2. 2 Centrally obese: WC ≥ 80 cm.