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Table 5 Frequencies (and percentages) of responses to the question ‘Are you on a diet?: by region within grade level within year

From: Trends in body image of adolescent females in metropolitan and non-metropolitan regions: a longitudinal study

Year Grade level at recruitment Region ‘Not on a diet because I don’t need to lose weight’ ‘Yes, I’m on a diet’ ‘Not on a diet but needing to lose weight’ Total
n % n % n % n %
2008 7 Metropolitan 245 69.0 18 5.1 92 25.9 355 100.0
Non-metropolitan 79 65.3 5 4.1 37 30.6 121 100.0
11 Metropolitan 84 38.4 52 23.7 83 37.9 219 100.0
Non-metropolitan 49 53.8 17 18.7 25 27.5 91 100.0
2009 7 Metropolitan 184 59.7 30 9.7 94 30.5 308 100.0
Non-metropolitan 54 55.1 5 5.1 39 39.8 98 100.0
11 Metropolitan 62 51.2 17 14.0 42 34.7 121 100.0
Non-metropolitan 43 62.3 9 13.0 17 24.6 69 100.0
2010 7 Metropolitan 137 55.2 34 13.7 77 31.0 248 100.0
Non-metropolitan 43 53.1 5 6.2 33 40.7 81 100.0
11 Metropolitan 35 50.0 11 15.7 24 34.3 70 100.0
Non-metropolitan 25 55.6 4 8.9 16 35.6 45 100.0
Total    1040 57.0 207 11.3 579 31.7 1826 100.0
  1. Note: Statistically significant main effects for year (Wald Chi-Square (2) = 15.020, p = 0.001) and grade level (Wald Chi-square (1) = 10.001, p = 0.002) but not for region in comparison between participants on a diet and those who were not on a diet because their weight was fine. There were no significant interactions
  2. Statistically significant main effect was found for grade level (Wald Chi-Square (1) = 5.948, p = 0.015), but not for year, nor for region, in comparison between those on a diet compared to those who were not on a diet but did need to lose weight. There were no significant interactions