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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics and prevalence of pre-obesity/obesity of native and immigrant population by region of origin

From: Association between length of residence and overweight among adult immigrants in Portugal: A nationwide cross-sectional study

  Portuguese Immigrants by region
N = 30,238 N = 1447 Europe Africa America/Asia
n = 462 n = 644 n = 341
Gender (%)
 Men 47.6 48.6 44.5 49.7 50.4
 Women 52.4 51.4 55.5 50.3 49.6
Age (%)
 20–24 8.5 10.1 15.9 3.8 19.4
 25–34 18.6 38.1 51.7 32.0 37.8
 34–44 18.6 23.7 21.2 24.4 24.9
 45–54 16.9 15.8 6.1 22.7 9.4
 55–64 14.7 6.5 2.9 9.0 4.0
  ≥ 65 22.7 5.8 2.2 7.9 4.5
Marital status (%)
 Married 65.0 59.3 61.1 57.9 60.7
 Not married 35.0 40.7 38.9 42.1 39.3
Education (%)
 None or 1st cycle 48.4 17.3 6.2 22.1 18.1
 2nd or 3rd cycle 27.2 37.7 35.8 38.0 39.9
 High school 11.5 25.3 31.2 23.7 22.8
 Higher education 12.9 19.3 26.8 16.1 19.2
Job status (%)
 Active 58.5 75.6 78.8 73.1 78.5
 Unemployed 5.6 7.7 6.0 8.1 8.6
 Othera 35.7 16.6 15.2 18.8 12.9
 Current smoker (%) 21.0 26.2 30.7 27.4 18.1
 Median Length of Residence (years)   19 16 28 5
BMI (%)
 Pre-obesity 37.5 33.1 30.2 36.4 27.9
 Obesity 15.3 11.8 9.0 13.0 12.0
  1. aPensioners, students, housewives, permanently incapacitated, unpaid internship, or other status