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Table 1 Characteristics (means and standard deviations, percentages) of the study population by country of birth.

From: Risk of obesity in immigrants compared with Swedes in two deprived neighbourhoods

Variable Swedish
(n = 90)
Other European
(n = 33)
Middle-Eastern
(n = 166)
P value
Age (years) 44.8 ± 16.1 46.1 ± 14.2 43.7 ± 11.9 0.50 (b)
Gender (%)     
   Male 44 (n = 40) 58 (n = 19) 54 (n = 89) 0.27 (c)
   Female 56 (n = 50) 42 (n = 14) 46 (n = 77)  
Duration of residence in neighbourhood (years) 13.8 ± 11.1 11.9 ± 10.8 10.9 ± 9.4 0.23 (b)
Duration of residence in Sweden (years) - 26.6 ± 13.7 16.0 ± 11.2 0.0001 (b)
Economic difficulties during the past year (a) (%) 22.2 21.2 42.8 0.01 (b)
Education (%)     
   Low 30.0 39.4 41.0 0.053 (c)
   Intermediate 48.9 48.5 32.5  
   High 21.1 12.1 26.5  
  1. (a) Having economic difficulties once or more often during the past year. (b) Kruskal- Wallis (c) Chi-square.