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Table 3 Percentage of children watching TV during meals, for each meal and the summed weekly frequency (n = 946), and the proportion of children eating meals in a recommended location and non-recommended locations (n = 943) and comparison by SEP (responding parent education level) (n = 606)

From: Family meals with young children: an online study of family mealtime characteristics, among Australian families with children aged six months to six years

  All children University educated parent Non-university educated parent
Breakfast (OR 0.55, CI 0.41-0.72)*
 <1 day/week 60% 66% 48%
 1-4 days/week 24% 20% 32%
 ≥5 days/week 16% 14% 20%
Lunch (OR 0.38, CI 0.28-0.50)*
 <1 day/week 66% 73% 50%
 1-4 days/week 29% 24% 41%
 ≥5 days/week 5% 7% 9%
Dinner (OR 0.60, CI 0.45-0.80)*
 <1 day/week 66% 70% 58%
 1-4 days/week 24% 22% 28%
 ≥5 days/week 10% 8% 14%
Snacks (OR 0.50, CI 0.38-0.65)*
 <1 day/week 38% 42% 28%
 1-4 days/week 50% 48% 53%
 ≥5 days/week 12% 10% 19%
Sum of frequencies across the week (IRR 0.63, CI 0.54-0.72)*
 <7 occasions/week 64% 69% 54%
 7- < 14 occasions/week 22% 21% 24%
 14- < 21 occasions/week 10% 8% 14%
 21-28 occasions/week 3% 2% 7%
  Proportion of children eating in Recommended location** Proportion of children eating in Non-recommended locations*** Comparison by SEP (OR (CI))
Breakfast 73% 24% 1.86 (1.27-2.71)*
Lunch 58% 21% 2.35 (1.60-3.51)*
Dinner 83% 14% 1.61 (0.99-2.61)
Snacks 24% 62% 1.97 (1.33-2.91)*
  1. *Indicates p ≤0.05
  2. **Sitting at table/bench at home ***Sitting on couch/floor, In the car, Sitting at high chair (not at table/bench), Moving around the house