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Table 1 Description of the sample in terms of demographic and socioeconomic variables, physical activity and medicine use. Pelotas, Brazil, 2002.

From: Physical activity and medicine use: evidence from a population-based study

Variable N Percentage
Sex   
   Male 1374 43.2%
   Female 1808 56.8%
Age (years)   
   20–39 1399 44.0%
   40–59 1200 37.7%
   ≥ 60 583 18.3%
Economic status *   
   A – B (wealthiest) 747 23.6%
   C 1270 40.0%
   D – E 1153 36.4%
Body mass index (kg/m2)   
   <25 1542 50.6%
   25–30 1068 35.1%
   ≥ 30 437 14.3%
Self-reported health status   
   Excellent 300 9.5%
   Very good 480 15.2%
   Good 1494 47.2%
   Average 767 24.2%
   Poor 125 4.0%
Physical activity score (min/week)   
   0 839 26.9%
   1–149 443 14.2%
   150–999 1136 36.4%
   ≥ 1000 701 22.5%
Number of medicines used in the previous 15 days   
   0 1084 34.1%
   1 943 29.7%
   2 571 18.0%
   ≥ 3 579 18.2%
  1. * Brazil Criterion for Economic Classification (ANEP, 1996)