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Table 1 Characteristics of Portuguese adults by education categories

From: Educational and economic determinants of food intake in Portuguese adults: a cross-sectional survey

  Education
  ≤4 years 5–9 years 10–12 years >12 years
Gender     
   Female 54.0% 22.8% 12.6% 10.6%
   Male 49.7% 28.7% 13.2% 8.4%
Age (years)     
   Female 55.6 ± 14.47 37.8 ± 14.44 31.7 ± 13.63 34.7 ± 13.50
   Male 55.3 ± 14.72 37.0 ± 14.99 33.0 ± 14.44 38.7 ± 16.19
BMI (Kg/m2)     
   Female 26.4 ± 4.45 24.3 ± 4.03 22.5 ± 3.51 22.3 ± 3.45
   Male 26.3 ± 3.91 25.1 ± 3.63 24.5 ± 3.52 24.6 ± 3.19
Smokers     
   Female 3.1% 16.1% 19.1% 18.7%
   Male 26.0% 42.9% 32.6% 29.2%
Physical activity in females     
   Daily occupational activity best characterized by     
Usually seated, walking short periods of time 29.2% 28.8% 30.2% 30.4%
Standing, walking long periods of time 44.5% 46.1% 41.7% 42.0%
Carrying light objects, walking up/downstairs 11.3% 11.0% 12.2% 11.1%
Heavy physical work or carrying heavy objects 14.9% 14.1% 15.8% 16.5%
Don't know 0.1% 0% 0.1% 0.1%
   Leisure-activity best characterized by     
Heavy training/competitive sports (>1x/wk) 3.4% 3.3% 3.6% 3.1%
Running/recreational sports/gardening (≥4 h/wk) 9.3% 7.8% 9.0% 9.7%
Walking for pleasure, bicycling light (≥4 h/wk) 20.4% 21.2% 19.3% 21.2%
Reading, watching TV, sedentary activities 66.8% 67.7% 68.0% 66.0%
Don't know 0.1% 0% 0.1% 0%
   Regular activity such as running or bicycling, enough to feel tired     
Yes 13.1% 11.9% 13.2% 14.2%
No 86.8% 88.1% 86.7% 85.8%
Don't know 0.1% 0% 0.1% 0%
Physical activity in males     
   Daily occupational activity best characterized by     
Usually seated, walking short periods of time 36.4% 37.3% 37.5% 36.2%
Standing, walking long periods of time 51.6% 51.5% 50.9% 50.0%
Carrying light objects, walking up/downstairs 8.3% 8.2% 7.5% 10.5%
Heavy physical work or carrying heavy objects 3.6% 3.0% 3.9% 3.3%
Don't know 0.1% 0% 0.2% 0%
   Leisure-activity best characterized by     
Heavy training/competitive sports (>1x/wk) 0.9% 0.5% 1.1% 1.2%
Running/recreational sports/gardening (≥4 h/wk) 5.1% 4.6% 4.1% 4.9%
Walking for pleasure, bicycling light (≥4 h/wk) 15.9% 15.7% 16.8% 16.7%
Reading, watching TV, sedentary activities 78.1% 79.1% 77.8% 77.2%
Don't know 0.1% 0.1% 0.2% 0%
   Regular activity such as running or bicycling, enough to feel tired     
Yes 7.0% 6.0% 6.7% 7.2%
No 92.9% 94.0% 93.2% 92.8%
Don't know 0.1% 0.0% 0.2% 0%