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Table 1 Social and demographic characteristics of the 2,388 adults aged 18–74 years (pregnant women excluded) with complete anthropometry measurements, compared to national census data, the French Nutrition and Health Survey (ENNS 2006–2007).

From: Association of socioeconomic status with overall overweight and central obesity in men and women: the French Nutrition and Health Survey 2006

  Raw data Weighted* data Census data
  Men Women Men Women  
Age (%) in years      
   18–29 12.8 10.0 22.6 20.7 22.0
   30–54 51.0 55.5 49.9 49.6 49.7
   55–74 36.2 34.5 27.5 29.6 28.3
Birthplace (%)      
   France (including overseas territories) 89.7 88.2 91.7 91.0 87.9
   Europe 2.3 3.0 3.5 3.0  
   Africa 6.2 4.9 4.4 4.6 12.1§
   Other 0.7 1.2 0.4 1.4  
   Missing 1.1 2.7 - -  
Marital status (%)      
   Married 63.0 57.1 60.6 57.7 54.8
   Living together unmarried 10.7 13.8 11.4 14.8 34.1
   Single 17.1 11.3 22.9 15.5  
   Separated/divorced/widowed 9.2 17.8 5.1 11.9 11.1
At least one child at home (%)      
   Yes 35.6 41.7 35.9 35.5 35.7
   No 64.4 58.3 64.1 64.5 64.3
Occupation (%)      
   Management/intermediate profession 30.1 33.7 20.9 16.6 20.2
   Self-employed/farmers 6.1 2.6 5.3 2.4 5.2
   Manual workers/employees 30.9 25.2 41.5 39.4 33.1
   Retired 25.9 22.0 21.0 19.3 24.1
   Homemakers, disabled persons, others 7.0 16.5 11.3 22.3 17.4
Education level (%)      
   University 36.4 33.1 19.6 19.9 19.8
   High school 18.9 19.2 17.3 17.2 17.2
   Secondary school 35.0 34.1 44.7 40.3 42.5
   Primary school 9.5 13.4 18.4 22.6 20.5
   Missing 0.2 0.2 - - -
Holiday trip during the past 12 months (%)      
   Yes 71.5 69.6 67.5 67.5 64.6
   No 27.0 37.8 32.5 32.5 35.4
   Missing 1.5 2.6 - - -
Area of residence (%)      
   Rural 24.5 23.9 25.9 24.7 22.1£
   [2,000–20,000] 18.7 15.8 18.4 16.1 19.3£
   [20,000–100,000] 13.5 15.2 13.9 15.5 13.5£
   [100,000–2,000,000] 31.6 32.0 32.7 32.4 28.6£
   Paris area 11.7 13.1 9.1 11.4 16.5£
Alcohol consumption (%)      
   Moderate 67.1 65.3 67.2 65.8 -
   Abstainer 12.2 24.5 13.3 28.9 -
   High 19.0 6.2 19.5 5.3 -
   Missing 1.7 4.0 - - -
Smoking habits (%)      
   Never-smoker 34.7 54.0 34.7 57.3 -
   Current smoker 28.7 23.7 31.2 24.5 -
   Former smoker 36.6 22.1 34.1 18.2 -
   Missing - 0.2 - - -
  1. *. Weighting accounted for multilevel sampling design and for social and demographic characteristics compared to the national census (age, school diploma, household including at least one child or not).
  2. §. Born outside France.
  3. . Living together unmarried and single.
  4. . 15–79 y.
  5. £. All population, children included.