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Table 5 Cross-tabulation of parental perception of the seriousness of their child’s weight by eligibility criteria at enrolment, and weight status

From: Enrolment of families with overweight children into a program aimed at reducing childhood obesity with and without a weight criterion: a natural experiment

  Do you think that your child’s weight is a serious health concern?
All children (n = 709) Overweight children (n = 150) Obese children (n = 559)
Phase Not serious Serious Very serious Not serious Serious Very serious Not serious Serious Very serious
Targeted Eligibility Criterion n (%)a 135 (25.5) 199 (37.6) 195 (36.9) 43 (44.8) 39 (40.6) 14 (14.6) 92 (21.2) 160 (37.0) 181 (41.8)
ARb −2.3 1.7 0.6 −2.6 2.5 0.6 0.04 0.6 −0.5
Universal Eligibility Criterion n (%)a 63 (35.0) 55 (30.6) 62 (34.4) 36 (66.7) 12 (22.2) 6 (11.1) 27 (21.4) 43 (34.1) 56 (44.4)
ARb 2.3 −1.7 −0.6 2.6 −2.5 −0.6 −0.04 −0.6 0.5
  χ2 = 6.409, df = 2,
p = 0.044
χ2 = 6.895, df = 2,
p = 0.036
χ2 = 0.377, df = 2,
p = 0.836
  1. p values obtained using second-order Rao-Scott adjusted chi-square statistic
  2. aRow percentages
  3. bAR adjusted residuals, ARs over 2 and below − 2 indicate statistically significant differences