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Table 2 Age and prevalence of thinness, overweight and obesity in children aged 4–5 years

From: Contrasting patterns of overweight and thinness among preschool children of different ethnic groups in Norway, and relations with maternal and early life factors

  Ethnic origin, n (%). Main ethnic groups
Total Europe Middle East/North Africa South Asia unadjusted BMI p-value South Asia adjusted BMI***
n = 570 n = 298 n = 118 n = 154   n = 154
Age in years at Child
 Health Clinic control, mean (SD)      p = 0.60*  
  4.38 (0.28) 4.37 (0.28) 4.39 (0.31) 4.40 (0.26)   
 BMI category, n (%)      p < 0.001**  
  Thinness 86 (15.1) 31 (10.4) 15 (12.7) 40 (26.0)   6 (3.9)
  Normal weight 412 (72.3) 229 (76.8) 77 (65.3) 106 (68.8)   126 (81.8)
  Overweight including obesity 72 (12.6) 38 (12.8) 26 (22.0) 8 (5.2)   22 (14.3)
  1. *One-way ANOVA analysis
  2. ** Chi-square test
  3. ***positive BMI adjustments of + 1.12 kg/m2 to account for greater relative adiposity in this population