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Table 1 Sample characteristics

From: LGB prevalence in schools is associated with unhealthy weight-control behaviors in lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth: a multilevel analysis

Variables N (%)
Age (N 2482)
 14-15 yrs 628 (25.3)
 16–19 yrs. 1854 (74.7)
Gender (N 2438)
 Male 1076 (44.1)
 Female 1362 (55.9)
Family allowance a (N 2421)
 No 1320 (54.5)
 Yes 1101 (45.5)
LGBb (N 1194)
 No 1066 (89.3)
 Yes 128 (10.7)
Victimizationc (N 2498)
 No 1870 (74.9)
 Yes 628 (25.1)
Self-perception of happiness (N 2465)
 Fully happy/very happy/happy 2034 (82.5)
 Fully unhappy/not happy 431 (17.5)
Trying to lose weight (N 2447)
 No (gain weight, stay the same weight, or doing anything about weight) 1558 (63.7)
 Yes (lose weight) 889 (36.3)
Obese (N 2013)
 No (underweight, normal weight, and overweight) 1774 (88.1)
 Yes 239 (11.9)
Fasting (N 2423)
 No 2097 (86.6)
 Yes 326 (13.5)
Using diet pills (N 2424)
 No 2295 (94.7)
 Yes 129 (5.3)
Purging (N 2412)
 No 2315 (96.0)
 Yes 97 (4.0)
Unhealthy weight-control
(fasting, using diet pills or purging)
(N 2385)
 No 1957 (82.0)
 Yes 428 (18.0)
LGB prevalence in school (contextual variable) (N 2500)
 Lower quartile (1.75–3.01%) 694 (27.76)
 Middle-lower quartile (3.03–4.11%) 674 (26.96)
 Middle-higher quartile (4.35–5.88%) 548 (21.92)
 Higher quartile (6.25–14.81%) 584 (23.36)
  1. a family allowance is given in Brazil to poor families and extremely poor families with per-capita monthly incomes below $170 BRL (~$45 USD) or $85 BRL (~$23 USD), respectively. The participants answered yes (receive) or no (not receive)
  2. b LGB variable was defined from adolescents who reported having sexual intercourse with a partner of the same sex or with partners of both sexes
  3. c Victimization was based on at least one positive answer for these three questions: (1. During the past 12 months, have you ever been bullied on school property?; 2. During the past 12 months, have you ever been electronically bullied? (Count being bullied through texting, Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp or other social media.); 3. During the past 12 months, how many times has someone threatened or injured you with a weapon such as a gun, knife, or club on school property?)