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Table 1 Characteristics of study sample (n = 162,209)

From: Health literacy and the determinants of obesity: a population-based survey of sixth grade school children in Taiwan

Characteristics n %
Sex   
 Girl 79,250 48.9
 Boy 82,959 51.1
Ethnicity   
 Hakka, Taiwanese, and Chinese 101,575 62.6
 Indigenous 6,118 3.8
 Immigrants 3,159 2.0
 Others/Unknown/Uncertain 51,357 31.7
Health literacy (quartiles)   
 Lowest 25 % (0–21) 43,062 26.6
 25th to 50th percentile (22–26) 47,848 29.5
 50th to 75th percentile (27–29) 44,874 27.7
 Highest 25 % (30–32) 26,425 16.3
Self-rated health status   
 Bad or very bad 9,736 6.0
 Normal 62,069 38.3
 Good 45,747 28.2
 Very Good 44,657 27.5
Healthy behaviors (Regular physical activity, Sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) intake)
 Regular physical activity and no SSB intake 64,034 39.5
 Had only one of the healthy behaviors (either regular physical activity or no SSB intake) 80,500 49.6
 Had no regular physical activity and consumed SSB 17,675 10.9
BMI   
 Normal 78,101 48.2
 Underweight 18,015 11.1
 Overweight 41,423 25.5
 Obese 24,670 15.2