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Table 1 Characteristics of focus group interview participants (mean ± sd or n (%))

From: Perceptions on healthy eating, physical activity and lifestyle advice: opportunities for adapting lifestyle interventions to individuals with low socioeconomic status

  Participants in low SES groups (n = 26) Participants in high SES groups (n = 30)
Age (years) 60.3 ± 7.7 54.4 ± 9.2
BMI (kg/m 2 ) 27.8 ± 3.8 24.7 ± 3.6
Education level*:   
  Low 16 (61.5) 0 (0.0)
  Middle 9 (34.6) 2 (6.7)
  High 1 (3.8) 28 (93.3)
Employment status:   
  Paid job/own company 9 (34.6) 26 (86.7)
  Househusband/housewife 5 (19.2) 1 (3.3)
  Retired 9 (34.6) 3 (10.0)
  Disabled 3 (11.5) 0 (0.0)
Marital status:   
  Married 17 (65.4) 22 (73.3)
  Unmarried 3 (11.5) 7 (23.3)
  Divorced 2 (7.7) 1 (3.3)
  Widow (er) 4 (15.4) 0 (0.0)
Household situation:   
  Alone 7 (26.9) 6 (20.0)
  Together with partner 16 (61.5) 13 (43.3)
  Together with partner and child (ren) 3 (11.5) 11 (36.7)
  1. *Participants who had no education, or had primary school or lower secondary education were classified as low education level. High education level was defined as having completed at least a bachelor’s degree.