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Table 1 Background characteristics of respondents (N = 285)

From: Childhood obesity in urban Ghana: evidence from a cross-sectional survey of in-school children aged 5–16 years

CharacteristicPrivate school n(%)Public School n(%)Total n (%)
Sex of child
 Male55 (58.51)86 (45.0)141 (49.5)
 Female39 (41.5)105 (55.0)144 (50.5)
Age of child (years)
 5–1051 (54.3)70 (36.7)121 (42.5)
 11–1643 (45.7)121 (56.3)164 (57.5)
Religion of child
 Christianity90 (95.7)177 (92.7)267 (93.7)
 Islam4 (4.3)12 (6.3)16 (5.6)
 Traditionalist0 (0.0)2 (1.0)2 (0.7)
Number of siblings
 None0 (0.0)1 (0.5)1 (0.4)
 1–473 (77.7)118 (61.8)191 (67.0)
 5–1018 (19.2)69 (36.1)87 (30.5)
 11+3 (3.1)3 (1.6)6 (2.1)
Mother’s education
 No education5 (5.4)34 (17.8)39 (13.7)
 Basic education4 (4.3)106 (55.5)110 (38.7)
 Secondary education20 (21.5)35 (18.3)55 (19.4)
 Tertiary education64 (68.8)16 (8.4)80 (28.2)
Father’s education
 No education5 (5.3)29 (15.2)34 (11.9)
 Basic education2 (2.1)92 (48.2)94 (33.0)
 Secondary education11 (11.7)58 (30.4)69 (24.2)
 Tertiary education76 (80.9)12 (6.2)88 (30.9)
Mother’s occupation
 Self-employed54 (57.5)176 (92.2)230 (80.7)
 Public sector employee18 (19.2)10 (5.2)28 (9.8)
 Private sector employee22 (23.4)5 (2.6)27 (9.5)
Father’s occupation
 Self-employed164 (85.9)20 (21.3)184 (64.6)
 Public sector employee15 (7.8)23 (24.5)38 (13.3)
 Private sector employee12 (6.3)51 (54.3)63 (22.1)