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Table 4 Nutrition knowledge, food availability, and food security 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) Tertile 2 (n = 103) Tertile 3 (n = 102) p -value* Tertile1 (n = 102) Tertile 2 (n = 103) Tertile 3 (n = 102) p -value* Tertile1 (n = 102) Tertile 2 (n = 103) Tertile 3 (n = 102) p -value*
Nutrition knowledge level (%)
  1–2 9.8 7.8 10.8 0.843 9.8 11.7 6.9 0.489 16.7 6.8 4.9 0.002
  3–4 52.0 60.2 52.9   53.9 55.3 55.9   57.8 52.4 54.9  
  5–6 34.3 26.2 31.4   33.3 27.2 31.4   22.6 36.9 32.4  
  7–9 3.9 5.8 4.9   2.9 5.8 5.9   2.9 3.9 7.8  
 Mean(SD) number of corrected answers 4.1 (1.4) 4.1 (1.4) 4.1 (1.4) 0.955 4.1 (1.4) 4.0 (1.4) 4.2 (1.3) 0.534 3.7 (1.3) 4.2 (1.3) 4.4 (1.4) 0.002
Food availability (%)
 I do not buy many fruits and vegetables because they cost too much.
  Agree 15.7 27.2 30.4 0.002 34.3 20.4 18.6 <0.001 27.5 25.2 20.6 0.457
  Neutral 12.8 16.5 19.6   22.6 16.5 9.8   11.8 20.4 16.7  
  Disagree 71.6 56.3 50.0   43.1 63.1 71.6   60.8 54.4 62.8  
 I do not buy many fruits and vegetables because my family does not like them.
  Agree 4.9 2.9 2.0 0.620 5.9 3.9 0.0 0.013 2.9 3.9 2.9 0.620
  Neutral 4.9 6.8 7.8   8.8 4.9 5.9   6.9 8.7 3.9  
  Disagree 90.2 90.3 90.2   85.3 91.3 94.1   90.2 87.4 93.1  
 The fresh produce in my area is usually high quality.
  Agree 60.8 60.2 71.6 0.229 53.9 55.3 83.3 <0.001 52.9 74.8 64.7 0.156
  Neutral 31.4 31.1 20.6   34.3 35.0 13.7   37.3 19.4 26.5  
  Disagree 7.8 8.7 7.8   11.8 9.7 2.9   9.8 5.8 8.8  
 It is easy to buy food in my area.
  Agree 81.4 76.7 76.5 0.237 72.6 72.8 89.2 0.009 71.6 81.6 81.4 0.408
  Neutral 13.7 16.5 13.7   18.6 18.5 6.9   22.6 11.7 9.8  
  Disagree 4.9 6.8 9.8   8.8 8.7 3.9   5.9 6.8 8.8  
 In minutes, how long does it take you to get to the grocery store?
  10 or less 48.0 50.5 47.1 0.831 47.1 42.7 55.9 0.855 53.9 48.5 43.1 0.626
  20 26.5 23.3 23.5   27.5 27.2 18.6   19.6 23.3 30.4  
  30 13.7 16.5 18.6   17.7 17.5 13.7   14.7 17.5 16.7  
  45 or more 11.8 9.7 10.8   7.8 12.6 11.8   11.8 10.7 9.8  
 How many times do you visit the grocery store in a month?
  0–1 3.9 2.9 2.9 0.531 2.0 3.9 3.9 0.616 2.9 4.9 2.0 0.766
  2–4 52.9 46.6 50.0   47.1 55.3 47.1   48.0 51.5 50.0  
  5 or more 43.1 50.5 47.1   51.0 40.8 49.0   49.0 43.7 48.0  
Food security status (%)
 High 62.8 46.6 48.0 0.088 50.0 48.5 58.8 0.101 48.0 45.6 63.7 0.077
 Marginal 17.7 16.5 25.5   20.6 19.4 19.6   22.6 24.3 12.8  
 Low 8.8 27.2 11.8   15.7 16.5 15.7   16.7 15.5 15.7  
 Very low 10.8 9.7 14.7   13.7 15.5 5.9   12.8 14.6 7.8  
  1. *p-value was obtained from the general linear model for continuous variables and the Mantel-Haenszel chi-square test for categorical variables