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Table 1 Socio-demographics, sample n = 407

From: Changing attitudes towards obesity – results from a survey experiment

  Social environmental Individual
behavior
Genetics p value* Census Dataa
Gender     0.170  
 Male, n 63 62 47   49
 (%) 45.7 45.3 35.6   
Age (n, Mean) 53.7 53.4 51.2 0.512 n/a
Age Categories     0.497  
 18–44 (%) 26.8 24.8 33.6   48
 45–64 (%) 49.3 47.5 45.0   35
 65 and older (%) 23.9 27.7 21.4   17
Education     0.542  
 No or below high school diploma, n 7 3 6   
 (%) 5.1 2.2 4.9   14
 Diploma and/or some college, n 58 65 53   
 (%) 42.0 48.5 40.5   59
 College Degree or PHD, nb 73 66 72   
 (%) 52.9 49.3 55.0   27
Ethnicity     0.030  
 White, Non-Hispanic 108 111 113   
 (%) 78.3 81.0 86.3   72
 Black, Non-Hispanic 15 16 3   
 (%) 10.9 11.7 2.3   13
 Other, Non-Hispanic 6 2 1   
 (%) 4.4 1.5 0.8   12
 Hispanic 8 6 10   
 (%) 5.8 4.4 7.6   16
 More than 2 races 1 2 4   
 (%) 0.7 1.5 3.1   3
BMIc     0.313  
 Normal-weight, BMI < 24.9 6 4 9   
 (%) 8.6 5.6 15.3   31.6
 Overweight, BMI 25–29.9 20 18 11   
 (%) 28.6 25.4 18.6   33.9
 Obese all classes, BMI > 30 44 49 39   
 (%) 62.9 69.0 66.1   32.6
 Obese Class I, BMI 30–34.9 16 22 17   
 (%) 22.9 31.0 28.8   
 Obese Class II, BMI 35–39.9 13 16 12   
 (%) 18.6 22.5 20.3   
 Obese Class III, BMI > 40 15 11 10   
 (%) 21.4 15.5 17.0   
  1. *p-values according to Chi Sq test for gender and education. Age differences were tested with a one-way ANOVA
  2. acompared to US 2010 census data, for obesity census data from 2008 is reported
  3. bincludes Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral degrees
  4. cBMI reported by n = 200 participants (49%)