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Table 1 Descriptive characteristics (mean ± SD or percentages) in Flemish men and women

From: Socio-economic and lifestyle factors associated with overweight in Flemish adult men and women

  men women
  N Mean (SD) N Mean (SD)
Age (yrs) ** 2595 47.68 (14.77) 2308 46.59 (13.81)
BMI (kg/m2) *** 2595 25.82 (3.52) 2308 24.79 (4.15)
WC (cm) *** 2595 90.88 (10.56) 2308 79.06 (10.49)
Health related sports (h/week) *** 2595 3.66 (4.43) 2308 2.40 (3.38)
Total leisure time PA (h/week) *** 2595 18.80 (10.92) 2308 22.90 (10.06)
TV viewing (h/week) *** 2595 15.81 (9.01) 2308 14.89 (8.74)
  N % N %
Alcohol consumption ††     
   Never 125 4.8 215 9.3
   1–3 drinks/day 1738 67.0 1910 82.8
   ≥4 drinks/week or WEday 596 23.0 169 7.3
   ≥4 drinks/every day 136 5.2 14 0.6
Smoking status ††     
   Never 1326 51.1 1603 69.5
   Former 771 29.7 338 14.6
   Current 498 19.2 367 15.9
Education NS     
   Primary 675 26.0 617 26.7
   Secondary 823 31.7 677 29.3
   College/university 1097 42.3 1014 43.9
  BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2 WC ≥ 94 cm BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2 WC ≥ 88 cm
   Age category (%) (%) (%) (%)
   18–34 y 30.7 10.6 21.3 17.3
   35–54 y 57.2 35.1 37.8 36.9
   55–75 y 72.9 58.5 61.1 65.9
  1. Differences between sexes: **P < 0.01 (t-test), ***P < 0.001 (t-test), † P < 0.01 (chi-square), ††P < 0.001 (chi-square), NS: not significant, WEday: weekend day