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Table 3 Prevalence of obesity by selected socio-demographic characteristics (N = 285)

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

CharacteristicNot Obese n(%)Obese n(%)
Type of School
 Private69 (73.2)25 (26.8)
 Public150 (78.6)41 (21.4)
Sex of child
 Male114 (81.0)26 (19.0)
 Female105 (72.8)39 (27.2)
Age of child (years)
 5–10105 (86.9)16 (13.1)
 11–16114 (69.4)50 (30.6)
Religion
 Christianity202 (75.8)65 (24.2)
 Islam14 (85.0)2 (15.0)
 Traditionalist1 (50.0)1 (50.0)
Number of siblings
 None0 (0.0)1 (100.0)
 1–4146 (76.5)45 (23.5)
 5–1067 (77.5)20 (22.5)
 11+5 (86.7)1 (13.3)
Mother’s education
 No education36 (91.8)3 (8.2)
 Basic education80 (72.7)30 (27.3)
 Secondary education46 (83.6)9 (16.4)
 Tertiary education56 (70.0)24 (30.0)
Father’s education
 No education33 (98.4)1 (1.6)
 Basic education64 (67.9)30 (32.1)
 Secondary education60 (86.7)9 (13.3)
 Tertiary education62 (70.0)26 (30.0)
Mother’s occupation
 Self-employed178 (77.4)52 (22.6)
 Public sector employee21 (73.6)7 (26.4)
 Private sector employee20 (75.6)7 (24.4)
Father’s occupation
 Self-employed145 (78.7)39 (21.3)
 Public sector employee30 (77.9)8 (22.1)
 Private sector employee45 (70.8)18 (29.2)
Overall225 (78.8)60 (21.2)