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Table 2 Socio – demographic characteristics by physical activity status and sex

From: Epidemiology of leisure-time physical activity in socio-demographic, lifestyle and psychological characteristics of men and women in Greece: the ATTICA Study

  Physical activity status
Men Sedentary 1 st tertile 2 nd tertile 3 rd tertile P
Education (years of school) 12 ± 4 12 ± 4 13 ± 4 12 ± 5 0.18
Annual income (× 1000 Euros) 18,2 ± 3 16,9 ± 3 16,2 ± 5 15,8 ± 5 0.23
Occupational status (0 – 10) 5,1 ± 2 6,1 ± 3* 6,2 ± 3* 7,0 ± 5** 0.02
Women Sedentary 1 st tertile 2 nd tertile 3 rd tertile P
Education (years of school) 11 ± 4 11 ± 3 13 ± 5 12 ± 2 0.36
Annual income (× 1000 Euros) 15,4 ± 7 15,8 ± 7 17,7 ± 6 14,2 ± 6 0.35
Occupational status (0 – 10) 4,9 ± 2 6,5 ± 3** 6,9 ± 3* 7,8 ± 3** 0.01
  1. Variables are expressed as mean value ± SD
  2. Occupational status is measured in a ten-unit scale where lower values imply unskilled professions and higher values skilled.
  3. P-values of the last column derived from stratified ANCOVA tests, after controlling for age and denote the significance of the association between physical activity status and education, income and occupational status of the participants.
  4. * P < 0.05 and ** P < 0.01 Bonferronni corrected probability values for the comparisons between physical activity groups and sedentary participants.