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Table 1 Demographic characteristic of the participants

From: Health promoting lifestyle of university students in Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional assessment

Variable Total (N = 1656)
N %
Age
 Less than 20 950 57.4
 21–30 662 40.0
 31 and above 44 2.6
Gender
 Men 491 29.6
 Women 1165 70.4
BMI status
 Underweight (Below 18.5) 183 11.1
 Normal weight (18.5–24.9) 830 50.1
 Overweight (25.0–29.9) 344 20.8
 Obese (30 and above) 187 11.3
College
 Health colleges 985 59.4
 Non-health colleges 671 40.6
College level
 Prep year & First year 776 46.8
 Second year 323 19.3
 Third year 292 17.6
 Fourth year and fifth year 349 21.1
Family structure
 Parents 1260 76.1
 Parents and grand parents 222 13.5
 Single father 59 3.5
 Single mother 115 6.9
Place of residence
 Family 1572 94.9
 Friends 20 1.2
 Relatives 15 0.9
 University housing 39 2.4
 Alone 5 0.3
Diagnosed with health problem
 Yes 212 12.8
 No 1439 86.9
Health Promoting Lifestyle profile II (HPLP – II) Mean ± SD Minimum – Maximum score
Health Responsibility 18.61 ± 4.56 8–32
Physical Activity 16.19 ± 5.12 6–24
Eating Habits/Nutrition 20.97 ± 4.57 7–28