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Table 1 Population characteristics

From: Coming of age, becoming obese: a cross-sectional analysis of obesity among adolescents and young adults in Malaysia

  Male Female Male & female
  n % n % n %
Age (years)
 16–20 935 37.4 1021 36.2 1956 36.8
 21–25 540 21.6 610 21.7 1150 21.6
 26–30 518 20.7 580 20.6 1098 20.6
 31–35 509 20.3 606 21.5 1115 21.0
 Total 2502 47.0 2817 53.0 5319 100.0
Ethnicity
 Malay 1869 74.7 1985 70.6 3854 72.6
 Chinese 373 14.9 419 14.9 792 14.9
 Indian 215 8.6 323 11.5 538 10.1
 Orang Asli 43 1.7 84 3.0 127 2.4
Education
 None 6 0.2 11 0.4 17 0.3
 Primary 113 4.5 145 5.2 258 4.9
 Secondary 1949 78.4 2077 74.2 4026 76.2
 Tertiary 257 10.3 407 14.5 664 12.6
 Other 160 6.4 158 5.6 318 6.0
Marital Status
 Never married 1759 73.8 1542 56.9 3301 64.8
 Married 615 25.8 1113 41.0 1728 33.9
 Separated 1 0.0 12 0.4 13 0.3
 Divorced 8 0.3 37 1.4 45 0.9
 Widow(er) 0 0.0 7 0.3 7 0.1
 Cohabiting 0 0.0 1 0.0 1 0.0
Employment
 Too young 53 2.1 74 2.6 127 2.4
 Student 615 24.7 719 25.7 1334 25.2
 House-wife/-husband 5 0.2 668 23.9 673 12.7
 Not working 239 9.6 323 11.5 562 10.6
 Casual employment 27 1.1 13 0.5 40 0.8
 Part-time 116 4.7 146 5.2 262 5.0
 Full-time 1056 42.3 747 26.7 1803 34.1
 Self employed 383 15.4 108 3.9 491 9.3
Physical activity
 Active 366 66.2 255 53.3 621 60.2
 Inactive 187 33.8 223 46.7 410 39.8
Body mass index
 Underweight (BMI <18.5) 311 12.9 382 13.9 693 13.4
 Normal (BMI 18.5–24.9) 1329 55.1 1422 51.9 2751 53.4
 Overweight (BMI 25.0–29.9) 506 21.0 513 18.7 1019 19.8
 Obese (BMI ≥30.0) 267 11.1 423 15.4 690 13.4