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Table 4 Meal patterns (lunch and dinner) according to eating habits, breakfast patterns, and socio-demographic characteristics

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

  Meal pattern (lunch/dinner) p-valuea
Irregular Regular
n % n %
Eating habits Unhealthy 413 16.1% 885 11.1% < 0.001
Avoider 1294 50.4% 3316 41.4%
Healthy 861 33.5% 3800 47.5%
Breakfast pattern Irregular 913 35.6% 1093 13.7% < 0.001
Regular 1655 64.4% 6908 86.3%
Gender Girls 1390 54.1% 4174 52.2% 0.084
Boys 1178 45.9% 3827 47.8%
Age < 11 years 666 25.9% 2253 28.2% < 0.001
11 years 1535 59.8% 4922 61.5%
> 11 years 367 14.3% 826 10.3%
Language spoken at home Finnish 2362 92.0% 7488 93.6% < 0.001
Swedish 102 4.0% 343 4.3%
Others 104 4.0% 170 2.1%
Parental education levelb Low 613 50.2% 1896 43.6% < 0.001
High 607 49.8% 2456 56.4%
  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