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Table 1 Means for child’s weight (kg) in 1997, 2000, and 2007 in relation to parental weight gain or weight loss during each transition, using independent samples t-test

From: Parental weight changes as key predictors of child weight changes

0-4 years to 4–8 years Child’s weight (kg)
Total Boys Girls
n mean ± SE p n mean ± SE p n mean ± SE p
Father    0.043    0.501 766   0.034
  Weight gain 1621 19.24 ± 0.08 855 19.20 ± 0.11 19.28 ± 0.12
  Weight loss 1026 18.98 ± 0.10 496 19.08 ± 0.14 530 18.88 ± 0.15
Mother    <0.001    <0.001    <0.001
  Weight gain 1871 19.26 ± 0.08 954 19.28 ± 0.11 917 19.24 ± 0.12
  Weight loss 792 18.59 ± 0.09 411 18.70 ± 0.12 381 18.46 ± 0.12
4-8 years to 7–11 years n mean ± SE p n mean ± SE p n mean ± SE p
Father    0.005    0.434    0.002
  Weight gain 1630 24.65 ± 0.11 823 24.32 ± 0.15 807 24.99 ± 0.16
  Weight loss 999 24.16 ± 0.14 526 24.13 ± 0.19 473 24.18 ± 0.22
Mother    <0.001    <0.001    <0.001
  Weight gain 1610 24.86 ± 0.11 830 24.74 ± 0.16 780 24.98 ± 0.16
  Weight loss 1013 23.68 ± 0.13 519 23.36 ± 0.15 494 24.02 ± 0.21
7-11 years to 14–18 years n mean ± SE p n mean ± SE p n mean ± SE p
Father    0.019    0.026    0.344
  Weight gain 1611 51.24 ± 0.15 824 52.03 ± 0.23 787 50.41 ± 0.20
  Weight loss 882 50.64 ± 0.20 444 51.19 ± 0.30 438 50.09 ± 0.26
Mother    0.008    0.002    0.564
  Weight gain 1779 51.22 ± 0.15 895 52.11 ± 0.23 884 50.33 ± 0.19
  Weight loss 783 50.56 ± 0.20 414 50.96 ± 0.29 369 50.13 ± 0.27