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Table 6 Clustering of study population into three latent classes based on health behaviours

From: Stress-related eating, obesity and associated behavioural traits in adolescents: a prospective population-based cohort study

Health behaviour Amount or frequency Girls Boys
   Latent class I n = 1256 Latent class II n = 1071 Latent class III n = 1098 Latent class I n = 862 Latent class II n = 628 Latent class III n = 1583
Stress-related eating At least to some extent 732 (58.3%) 527 (49.2%) 218 (19.9%) 188 (21.8%) 142 (22.6%) 136 (8.6%)
Physical activity <2 hours a week 310 (24.7%) 694 (64.8%) 384 (35.0%) 126 (14.6%) 361 (57.5%) 471 (29.8%)
  2–3 hours a week 407 (32.4%) 252 (23.5%) 369 (33.6%) 229 (26.6%) 124 (19.7%) 361 (22.8%)
  >3 hours a week 539 (42.9%) 125 (11.7%) 345 (31.4%) 507 (58.8%) 143 (22.8%) 751 (47.4%)
Tobacco use Never smoked or taken snuff 304 (24.2%) 97 (9.1%) 735 (66.9%) 291 (33.8%) 70 (11.1%) 765 (48.3%)
  Experimental or occasional use of cigarettes or snuff 557 (44.3%) 455 (42.5%) 363 (33.1%) 351 (40.7%) 146 (23.2%) 704 (44.5%)
  Smoking or taking snuff regularly 395 (31.4%) 519 (48.5%) 0 (0%) 220 (25.5%) 412 (65.6%) 114 (7.2%)
Sleeping <8 hours per night 388 (30.9%) 378 (35.3%) 72 (6.6%) 167 (19.4%) 252 (40.1%) 100 (6.3%)
  8–9 hours per night 735 (58.5%) 549 (51.3%) 951 (86.6%) 564 (65.4%) 253 (40.3%) 1224 (77.3%)
  ≥9 hours per night 133 (10.6%) 144 (13.4%) 75 (6.8%) 131 (15.2%) 123 (19.6%) 259 (16.4%)
Binge eating Once a month - daily 167 (13.3%) 139 (13.0%) 2 (0.2%) 111 (12.9%) 145 (23.1%) 64 (4.0%)
Strict diet to control weight Occasionally or often 792 (63.1%) 213 (19.9%) 17 (1.5%) 241 (28.0%) 35 (5.6%) 27 (1.7%)
Heavy exercise to control weight Occasionally or often 1256 (100.0%) 0 (0%) 207 (18.9%) 862 (100.0%) 0 (0%) 46 (2.9%)
Eating meals with one’s family A few times a week or less often 574 (45.7%) 572 (53.4%) 103 (9.4%) 250 (29.0%) 300 (47.8%) 220 (13.9%)
  1. Latent class I = “Unbalanced weight control”; Latent class II = “Adverse habits”; Latent class III = “Healthy lifestyle”.
  2. Boldface was used to indicate the distinguishing features of each latent class.