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Table 1 The distribution (%) of the different variables by sex and year (longitudinal samples of the Swedish population from 1988/89, 1996/97, and 2004/05)

From: The longitudinal exercise trend among older Swedes aged 53–84 years – a 16-year follow-up study

Variable Men Women
  1988/89 1996/97 2004/05 1988/89 1996/97 2004/05
N 995 988 930 1,184 1,127 1,006
Age (years)       
53-60 26.4 36.5 38.8 25.4 28.7 37.8
61-68 29.3 24.0 30.9 28.3 26.2 25.7
69-76 27.7 23.5 16.9 29.1 25.2 21.5
77-84 16.6 16.0 13.4 17.2 19.9 15.0
Educational level       
Low-middle 75.9 70.6 60.3 86.7 81.3 67.9
High 24.1 29.4 39.7 13.3 18.7 32.1
BMI       
Normal 50.1 45.6 39.3 57.0 51.6 51.0
Overweight 43.1 45.8 48.7 33.6 37.2 35.1
Obesity 6.9 8.7 12.0 9.4 11.2 13.9
Smoking       
Never 34.0 36.7 35.9 69.4 61.2 51.1
Former 44.3 46.6 50.3 14.4 21.9 31.5
Daily 21.7 16.7 13.7 16.2 16.9 17.5
Self-reported health status       
Good 63.5 66.0 68.4 55.8 55.8 60.0
Poor 36.5 34.0 31.6 44.2 44.2 40.0