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Table 3 Meal patterns, breakfast patterns, and socio-demographic characteristics of unhealthy eaters, fruit and vegetable avoiders, and healthy eaters

From: Identifying eating habits in Finnish children: a cross-sectional study

  Eating habits group p-valuea
Unhealthy eaters Fruit and vegetable avoiders Healthy eaters
n % n % n %
Meal (lunch/ dinner) pattern Irregular 413 31.8% 1294 28.1% 861 18.5% < 0.001
Regular 885 68.2% 3316 71.9% 3800 81.5%
Breakfast pattern Irregular 318 24.5% 1049 22.8% 639 13.7% < 0.001
Regular 980 75.5% 3561 77.2% 4022 86.3%
Gender Girl 500 38.5% 2289 49.7% 2775 59.5% < 0.001
Boy 798 61.5% 2321 50.3% 1886 40.5%
Age < 11 years 432 33.3% 1303 28.3% 1184 25.4% < 0.001
11 years 728 56.1% 2780 60.3% 2949 63.3%
> 11 years 138 10.6% 527 11.4% 528 11.3%
Language spoken at home Finnish 1182 91.1% 4324 93.8% 4344 93.2% < 0.001
Swedish 52 4.0% 185 4.0% 208 4.5%
Others 64 4.9% 101 2.2% 109 2.3%
Parental education levelb Low 343 55.0% 1218 50.1% 948 37.7% < 0.001
High 281 45.0% 1215 49.9% 1567 62.3%
  1. aresults for Chi-square test
  2. banything until technical high school was categorized as low education level; anything higher was classified as high education level