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Table 1 General characteristics of the study respondents (N = 392)

From: Setting – based prevalence and correlates of central obesity: findings from a cross-sectional study among formal sector employees in Dodoma City, Central Tanzania

Respondents’ general characteristics n %
Sex
 Male 254 64.2
 Female 138 35.8
Age
 ≤ 30 102 26.0
 31–40 152 38.8
 41–50 93 23.7
 ≥ 51 45 11.5
Employment sector
 Public 256 65.3
 Private 136 34.7
Educational status
 Non Bachelor degree 145 37.0
 Bachelor Degree and higher 247 63.0
Type of occupation
 Supportive staffa 139 35.5
 Professional/technical staffb 184 46.9
 Administrative staffc 69 17.6
Monthly salary
 <  400,000 103 26.3
 400,000 –1,000,000 175 44.6
 >  1,000,000 114 29.1
Means of transport to and from workplace
 Walking/ bicycle 47 12.0
 Motor vehicle 345 88.0
Source of meals at workplace
 Food vendors 350 89.3
 Homemade 42 10.7
Currently drinking alcohol
 No 241 61.5
 Yes 151 38.5
Currently smoking
 No 386 98.5
 Yes 6 1.5
Hypertension
 No 352 89.2
 Yes 40 10.2
Central obesity
 No 228 58.2
 Yes 164 41.2
  1. asupport office activities: secretary, driver, attendants etc
  2. bperform the office technical activities, engineer, teacher, accountant etc
  3. cperform lead administrative roles: legislators, managers, office supervisors, head of department etc