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Table 1 Demographics of survey participants in 1998 and 2008

From: The changing demographic profile of eating disorder behaviors in the community

  1998 survey (n,%) 2008 survey (n,%) χ 2 (df) p
Sex    0.01 (1) 0.93
 Male 1464 (48.6) 1479 (48.7)   
 Female 1546 (51.4) 1555 (51.3)   
Age Group    26.25 (2) < 0.001
 15 - 24 years 521 (17.3) 494 (16.3)   
 25 – 44 years 1150 (38.2) 996 (32.8)   
 ≥ 45 years 1339 (44.5) 1544 (50.9)   
Residency    18.13 (1) < 0.001
 Metropolitan 2068 (68.7) 2235 (73.7)   
 Regional 942 (31.3) 799 (26.3)   
Income*    32.28 (1) < 0.001
 < median 1127 (43.9) 1254 (52.0)   
 > median 1439 (56.1) 1159 (48.0)   
BMI Group*    43.81 (3) < 0.001
 Underweight (BMI < 20.0) 91 (3.3) 74 (2.7)   
 Healthy weight (20.0 < BMI < 25.00) 1330 (48.6) 1136 (41.2)   
 Overweight (24.99 > BMI < 30.00) 880 (32.2) 953 (34.6)   
 Obese (BMI > 29.99) 436 (15.9) 593 (21.5)   
Employment    178.29 (6) < 0.001
 Full-time 1145 (38.0) 1123 (37.0)   
 Part-time 463 (15.4) 541 (17.8)   
 Student 270 (9.0) 277 (9.1)   
 Unemployed/Home duties 620 (20.6) 325 (10.7)   
 Retired 460 (15.3) 607 (20.0)   
 Other 53 (1.8) 161 (5.3)   
  1. *Income and BMI data provided by 82.4% and 90.9% of participants respectively; BMI body mass index.