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Table 3 Sociodemographic and weight-related characteristics across the tertiles of scores of nutritional health attitudes and behaviors patterns

From: Nutritional health attitudes and behaviors and their associations with the risk of overweight/obesity among child care providers in Michigan Migrant and Seasonal Head Start centers

  Pattern 1 Pattern 2 Pattern 3
  “Weight loss practices with weight dissatisfaction” “Healthy eating behaviors” “Better knowledge of nutrition and health”
  Tertile1 (n = 102) Tertile2 (n = 103) Tertile3 (n = 102) p-value* Tertile1 (n = 102) Tertile2 (n = 103) Tertile3 (n = 102) p-value* Tertile1 (n = 102) Tertile2 (n = 103) Tertile3 (n = 102) p-value*
Gender (%)
 Male 13.7 2.9 6.9 0.068 7.8 6.8 8.8 0.795 9.8 6.8 6.9 0.435
 Female 86.3 97.1 93.1   92.2 93.2 91.2   90.2 93.2 93.1  
Age (%)
 <30y 49.0 29.1 25.5 0.003 39.2 34.0 30.4 0.061 43.1 25.2 35.3 0.260
 30–49y 32.4 48.5 48.0   40.2 50.5 38.2   37.3 50.5 41.2  
 ≥50y 18.6 22.3 26.5   20.6 15.5 31.4   19.6 24.3 23.5  
Race/Ethnicity (%)
 White/Caucasian 44.1 40.8 48.0 0.406 41.2 42.7 49.0 0.239 33.3 46.6 52.9 0.010
 Black/African American 1.0 2.9 1.0   2.0 1.0 2.0   1.0 3.9 0.0  
 Hispanic/Latino 51.0 55.3 51.0   55.9 52.4 49.0   64.7 48.5 44.1  
 Other 3.9 1.0 0.0   1.0 3.9 0.0   1.0 1.0 2.9  
Marital status (%)
 Single 39.2 33.0 20.6 0.066 35.3 28.2 29.4 0.230 39.2 23.3 30.4 0.290
 Married 43.1 54.4 55.9   46.1 54.4 52.9   44.1 55.3 53.9  
 Cohabitating 9.8 3.9 6.9   5.9 6.8 7.8   7.8 6.8 5.9  
 Separated/Divorced/Widowed 7.8 8.7 16.7   12.8 10.7 9.8   8.8 14.6 9.8  
Education level (%)
 ≤ High school 52.9 58.3 52.0 0.888 57.8 55.3 50.0 0.262 67.7 52.4 43.1 0.001
 ≥ Associate’s degree/certificate or college 47.1 41.8 48.0   42.2 44.7 50.0   32.4 47.6 56.9  
Weight status (%)
 Normal weight 52.9 17.5 8.8 <0.001 18.6 24.3 36.3 <0.001 21.6 23.3 34.3 0.279
 Overweight 27.5 26.2 18.6   19.6 23.3 29.4   29.4 26.2 16.7  
 Obese 19.6 56.3 72.6   61.8 52.4 34.3   49.0 50.5 49.0  
Perception of weight (%)
 Underweight 0.0 1.9 0.0 <0.001 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.002 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.309
 Normal weight 69.6 15.5 7.8   18.6 33.0 41.2   33.3 24.3 35.3  
 Overweight 29.4 77.7 68.6   64.7 58.3 52.9   60.8 61.2 53.9  
 Obese 1.0 4.9 23.5   14.7 8.7 5.9   3.9 14.6 10.8  
Accordance between weight status and perception of weight (%)
 Accordance 63.7 29.1 43.1 0.003 41.2 39.8 54.9 0.049 40.2 48.5 47.1 0.326
 Discordance 36.3 70.9 56.9   58.8 60.2 45.1   59.8 51.5 52.9  
  1. *p-value was obtained from the chi-square test for categorical variables