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Table 1 Demographic and anthropometric characteristics of the 11- to 16-year-olds in this study, overall and by gender – mean (SD) or % (n)

From: Misperception of weight status in the pacific: preliminary findings in rural and urban 11- to 16-year-olds of New Caledonia

  Whole sample Boys Girls P*
  (n = 737) (n = 351) (n = 386)
Age (years) 13.66 (1.48) 13.63 (1.55) 13.69 (1.42) .644
Ethnicity % (n)
 European 34.5 (254) 34.2 (120) 34.7 (134) .893
 Melanesian 60.2 (444) 60.1 (211) 60.4 (233) -
 Polynesian 5.3 (39) 5.7 (20) 4.9 (19) -
SES % (n)
 Higher 30.9 (228) 32.2 (113) 29.8 (115) .056
 Intermediate 24.8 (183) 27.9 (98) 22.0 (85) -
 Lower 44.2 (326) 39.9 (140) 48.2 (186) -
Residence % (n)
 Urban 27.7 (204) 30.8 (108) 24.9 (96) .074
 Rural 72.3 (533) 69.2 (243) 75.1 (290) -
 Height (cm) 158.42 (9.50) 159.67 (11.25) 157.28 (7.41) .001
 Weight (kg) 55.46 (14.60) 55.50 (15.37) 55.42 (13.89) .938
 BMI-SDS 0.792 (1.15) 0.78 (1.18) 0.80 (1.13) .816
 BMI centile 69.35 (27.97) 68.47 (28.03) 70.15 (27.94) .415
Weight status % (n)
 Underweight 5.2 (38) 4.3 (15) 6.0 (23) .176
 Lower normal weighta 20.4 (150) 23.1 (81) 17.9 (69) -
 Upper normal weighta 40.8 (301) 41.6 (146) 40.2 (155) -
 Overweight 21.2 (156) 18.2 (64) 23.8 (92) -
 Obese 12.5 (92) 12.8 (45) 12.2 (47) -
  1. Mean +/− SD or % (n)
  2. SES socioeconomic status, BMI-SDS body mass index standard deviation score
  3. *P values are for the association between each variable and gender
  4. a‘Lower normal-weight’ and ‘upper normal-weight’ categories are subcategories of the normal-weight category