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Table 2 Participant characteristics from 5 sites – mean ± SD (women)

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 293 268 251 270 257
Age (y) 34.0 ± 6.6 33.1 ± 6.0 34.7 ± 6.2 35.8 ± 6.0 35.0 ± 6.3
Weight (kg) 63.6 ± 13.1 82.0 ± 22.3 78.5 ± 18.6 72.1 ± 17.3 91.7 ± 24.4
Height (cm) 158.0 ± 5.7 160.1 ± 6.3 163.2 ± 6.6 161.4 ± 6.5 164.0 ± 6.2
Body Mass Index (kg/m2) 25.5 ± 5.2 31.9 ± 8.2 29.5 ± 6.7 27.6 ± 6.2 34.1 ± 8.8
Waist Circumference (cm) 84.2 ± 12.5 96.9 ± 16.6 92.0 ± 13.8 87.9 ± 12.4 101.9 ± 19.6
Hip Circumference (cm) 100.2 ± 13.2 114.2 ± 15.6 107.9 ± 11.6 104.4 ± 12.4 117.0 ± 16.0
Fat-free Mass (kg) 40.8 ± 5.3 45.2 ± 8.0 46.5 ± 7.1 44.7 ± 14.9 49.6 ± 8.6
Fat Mass (kg) 22.8 ± 8.5 36.8 ± 14.8 32.1 ± 12.1 28.1 ± 11.2 42.3 ± 16.4
Body Fat (%) 34.8 ± 6.1 43.4 ± 6.6 39.7 ± 6.1 37.8 ± 6.7 44.6 ± 6.5
Systolic Blood Pressure (mmHg) 110.5 ± 15.2 118.2 ± 18.6 115.2 ± 14.7 110.8 ± 12.8 117.4 ± 16.2
Diastolic Blood pressure (mmHg) 66.2 ± 11.4 76.3 ± 11.8 72.1 ± 11.4 71.2 ± 9.9 79.6 ± 13.2
Education (y) 7.5 ± 4.1 10.0 ± 2.1 10.7 ± 2.0 13.0 ± ±2.5 13.8 ± 2.6
Employed (%) 89.4 81.7 72.1 95.6 83.7
Manual Laborer (%) 90.4 89.3 68.8 26.4 28.9