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Table 4 The associations between food insecurity and weight status among households in District Eight, HCMC (n = 250)

From: Household food insecurity, diet, and weight status in a disadvantaged district of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: a cross-sectional study

   Food security status  
  Total sample (%) Food insecure (%) Food secure (%) p-value**
BMI Adults     0.40
 Underweight 8.4 13.6 8.3  
 Healthy weight 49.2 56.8 52.3  
 Overweight/obesity 42.4 29.5 39.4  
BMI Children     
Male children     0.90
  Thinness§ 2.6 43.5 39.6  
  Healthy weight 93.4 43.5 49.1  
  Overweight/obese 4.0 13.0 11.3  
Female children     0.79
  Thinness§ 4.1 61.9 53.9  
  Healthy weight 91.8 38.1 42.3  
  Overweight/obese 4.1 0.0 3.9  
  1. §,¶,International BMI cutoff points to define thinness, overweight and obesity in children and adolescents were applied [36].
  2. Statistical significance: p < 0.05.
  3. **P-value for chi-square (difference between food secure and food insecure households).