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Table 2 Participant characteristics in comparison with selected variables from the general population in Västerbotten and Sweden, respectively

From: A population-based study of overweight and obesity in expectant parents: socio-demographic patterns and within-couple associations

  Pregnant women n=4352 Pregnant women1(year 2011) Women, 25–44 years2 Expectant fathers n=3949 Men, 25–44 years2
  Västerbotten Sweden Västerbotten % Sweden % Västerbotten % Sweden %
Mean age (SD) 29.1 (5.1)3 30.0 (5.0)4 30.3 (5.3)4    31.6 (6.0)   
Range, years 15-46 16-46 13-53    14-64   
Education % % %    %   
University degree 44.9 53.75 51.35 40.7 35.5 29.7 25.3 23.8
Occupation         
Employed 74.5 73.0 70.5 79.6 78.1 86.0 81.9 82.0
Country of birth         
Sweden 90.9 91.2 82.3    91.0   
Other 9.1 8.8 17.7 13.8 23.2 9.0 12.7 21.9
  1. 1The Swedish Maternal Health Care Register. The registers estimated coverage was 90% and 81% for Västerbotten and Sweden, respectively in 2011 (personal communication).
  2. 2Statistics Sweden [42].
  3. 3Age at enrolment in ANC.
  4. 4Age at childbirth.
  5. 5The figures from the Swedish Maternal Health Care Register include all women who have studied at a university, while the figures from Statistics Sweden and the Salut Programme only include those with at least three years of tertiary education or a university degree, respectively.