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Table 3 Physical characteristics, education level, and self-reported health of the study sample (n = 560) by age and sex

From: Accelerometer-determined physical activity and self-reported health in a population of older adults (65–85 years): a cross-sectional study

  65–69 yr 70–74 yr 75–79 yr 80–85 yr All
Variable Women Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women Men
N 127 116 67 79 51 55 37 28 282 278
Age (yr)a          71.8 (5.6) 71.7 (5.2)
Height (cm)a 164.1 (5.4) 178.1 (5.9)* 163.4 (5.1) 177.1 (6.8)* 163.3 (5.0) 175.9 (8.5)* 163.8 (6.3) 175.4 (5.0)* 163.8 (5.4) 177.1 (6.7)*
Body mass (kg)a 67.8 (10.5) 84.7 (11.5)* 65.5 (10.4) 80.0 (11.9)* 63.4 (7.5) 77.2 (11.2)* 67.4 (11.1) 76.1 (10.5)* 66.4 (10.2) 81.0 (11.9)*
BMI (kg/m2)a 25.1 (3.7) 26.7 (3.0)* 24.5 (3.9) 25.4 (3.2) 23.8 (2.6) 25.0 (3.2)* 25.1 (3.5) 24.7 (2.9) 24.7 (3.6) 25.8 (3.2)*
Education level (%)           
  Less than high school 38.8 28.1 37.3 38.0 42.0 25.9 26.8 38.7 37.3 31.6
  High school 35.7 35.5 41.8 31.6 32.0 40.7 34.1 38.7 36.2 35.8
  University <4 yr 10.9 20.7 11.9 20.3 20.0 16.7 24.4 9.7 14.6 18.6
  University ≥4 yr 14.7 15.7 9.0 10.1 6.0 16.7 14.6 12.9 11.8 14.0
Self-reported health (%)           
  Very good 22.3 16.3 20.9 23.5 9.8 10.9 14.3 18.8 18.6 17.5
  Good 56.2 53.7 56.7 49.4 62.7 54.5 45.2 40.6 55.9 51.2
  Either good or bad 19.2 27.6 19.4 27.2 23.5 27.3 31.0 31.3 21.7 27.8
  Poor/very poor 2.3 2.4 3.0 0.0 3.9 7.3 9.5 9.4 3.8 3.4
  1. a Data are presented as mean (SD).
  2. *p < 0.05 between sex within age group and all.