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Table 1 Participant characteristics from 5 sites – mean ± SD (men)

From: Comparisons of intensity-duration patterns of physical activity in the US, Jamaica and 3 African countries

  Ghana South Africa Jamaica Seychelles United States
Sample size 207 236 249 230 245
Age (y) 34.6 ± 6.7 33.7 ± 5.6 34.0 ± 5.9 36.5 ± 5.1 35.6 ± 6.2
Weight (kg) 63.6 ± 9.1 65.6 ± 13.6 73.1 ± 15.0 80.1 ± 16.0 92.8 ± 24.8
Height (cm) 169.0 ± 6.6 170.9 ± 6.3 176.0 ± 6.7 173.9 ± 6.2 176.6 ± 6.6
Body Mass Index (kg/m2) 22.2 ± 2.7 22.4 ± 4.3 23.6 ± 4.5 26.5 ± 4.9 29.7 ± 7.5
Waist Circumference (cm) 77.1 ± 10.5 80.9 ± 11.5 80.3 ± 12.1 89.4 ± 11.8 97.1 ± 21.5
Hip Circumference (cm) 91.8 ± 10.9 94.6 ± 8.4 95.1 ± 9.3 102.8 ± 9.6 109.2 ± 15.9
Fat-free Mass (kg) 53.0 ± 5.1 50.6 ± 6.3 57.5 ± 6.9 59.6 ± 7.7 63.3 ± 9.7
Fat Mass (kg) 10.6 ± 5.3 15.0 ± 8.3 15.7 ± 9.2 20.6 ± 10.0 29.5 ± 16.6
Body Fat (%) 16.0 ± 6.0 21.7 ± 6.9 20.1 ± 7.4 24.5 ± 7.8 29.7 ± 9.0
Systolic Blood Pressure (mmHg) 118.9 ± 13.1 129.0 ± 17.1 121.5 ± 12.8 122.7 ± 14.6 127.9 ± 14.5
Diastolic Blood pressure (mmHg) 68.5 ± 11.4 79.6 ± 13.2 71.2 ± 11.1 75.0 v 11.4 81.0 ± 12.1
Education (y) 9.2 ± 3.8 9.5 ± 2.6 10.6 ± 2.1 13.1 ± 2.4 12.7 ± 1.6
Employed (%) 98.6 91.4 90.8 97.8 85.2
Manual Laborer (%) 60.9 90.4 61.8 54.4 67.1