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Table 1 Description of the study sample at baseline (wave 7) and 5-year follow-up (wave 12)

From: Does dissatisfaction with, or accurate perception of overweight status help people reduce weight? Longitudinal study of Australian adults

  Men Women
N (%) Body Mass Index (mean) N Body Mass Index (mean)
(Baseline) Baseline 5-year follow-up (Baseline) Baseline 5-year follow-up
N 4386 26.9 27.4 3788 26.1 26.8
Disadvantage tertiles
 Affluent 1381 (36.5%) 26.4 26.9 1561 (35.6%) 25.2 25.9
 Average 1261 (33.3%) 27.0 27.8 1494 (34.1%) 26.2 26.9
 Disadvantaged 1146 (30.3%) 27.3 27.7 1331 (30.4%) 27.1 27.6
Dissatisfied
 No/ambivalent 2640 (69.7%) 25.6 26.3 2422 (55.2%) 23.9 24.7
 Yes 1138 (30.0%) 29.8 30.1 1940 (44.2%) 29.0 29.5
 Missing 10 (0.3%) 26.9 27.5 24 (0.6%) 25.0 26.6
Perception
 Acceptable 2174 (57.4%) 25.0 25.7 2290 (52.2%) 23.2 24.0
 Overweight 1391 (36.7%) 30.6 30.9 1942 (44.3%) 30.0 30.5
 Missing 223 (5.9%) 21.2 22.6 154 (3.5%) 20.2 21.4
Age group
 15–24 557 (14.7%) 23.9 25.2 671 (15.3%) 23.5 24.4
 25–34 549 (14.5%) 26.7 26.4 675 (15.4%) 25.8 25.9
 35–44 732 (19.3%) 27.3 27.9 851 (19.4%) 26.4 27.1
 45–54 797 (21.0%) 27.7 28.1 855 (19.5%) 26.8 27.1
 55–64 590 (15.6%) 28.1 28.2 693 (15.8%) 27.7 27.9
 65–74 404 (10.7%) 27.1 27.9 417 (9.5%) 26.5 27.5
 75+ 159 (4.2%) 26.2 26.1 224 (5.1%) 26.2 26.0
Couple status
 Yes 2652 (70.0%) 27.4 27.7 2814 (64.2%) 26.4 26.9
 No 1136 (30.0%) 25.7 26.8 1571 (35.8%) 25.6 26.6
 Refused 0 (0.0%) 0.0 0.0    
Education
 <=year 11% 1044 (27.6%) 26.8 28.0 1664 (37.9%) 26.5 27.7
 Year 12 to adv diploma% 1892 (50.0%) 27.0 27.5 1676 (38.2%) 26.2 26.8
 university 850 (22.4%) 26.6 26.8 1045 (23.8%) 25.4 25.8
 undetermined 2 (0.1%) 26.3 26.8 1 (0.0%) 24.3 23.4
Percent unemployed
 0% 3558 (93.9%) 26.9 27.4 4090 (93.3%) 26.1 26.8
 1–24% 95 (2.5%) 26.2 28.4 112 (2.6%) 25.3 25.9
 25–49% 47 (1.2%) 25.3 26.7 68 (1.6%) 25.5 28.0
 50–74% 36 (1.0%) 26.0 27.1 45 (1.0%) 28.0 25.7
 75–100% 52 (1.4%) 26.0 26.8 71 (1.6%) 27.2 27.8
Income quintiles
 1 (low) 745 (19.7%) 27.1 27.2 1082 (24.7%) 26.8 27.1
 2 840 (22.2%) 26.7 27.6 976 (22.3%) 26.3 27.1
 3 902 (23.8%) 26.8 27.4 951 (21.7%) 26.4 27.1
 4 729 (19.2%) 27.0 27.6 787 (17.9%) 25.6 26.9
 5 (high) 572 (15.1%) 26.7 27.3 590 (13.5%) 24.9 26.0
Geographic remoteness
 Major city 2338 (61.7%) 26.7 27.3 2719 (62.0%) 26.0 26.5
 Inner regional 961 (25.4%) 27.1 27.6 1112 (25.4%) 26.2 27.1
 Outer regional 430 (11.4%) 27.2 28.0 482 (11.0%) 26.9 27.5
 remote 59 (1.6%) 27.5 28.2 73 (1.7%) 26.3 27.6