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Table 1 Background characteristics of children under 5 years as per the 2016 UDHS

From: Factors associated with childhood overweight and obesity in Uganda: a national survey

Characteristics N = 4338 %
Mother’s BMIa
 Underweight 349 8.0
 Normal 2948 68.0
 Overweight 1034 23.8
Residence
 Urban 883 20.4
 Rural 3455 79.6
Region
 North 871 20.1
 West 1128 26.0
 East 1225 28.2
 Central 1115 25.7
Household size
 5 and above 3091 71.2
 Less than 5 1247 28.8
Mother’s working status
 Not working 918 21.2
 Working 3420 78.8
Mother’s marital status
 Not Married 589 13.6
 Married 3749 86.4
Mother’s education Level
 No Education 488 11.2
 Primary Education 2673 61.6
 Secondary Education 901 20.8
 Tertiary 277 6.4
Wealth Index
 Poorest 986 22.7
 Poorer 891 20.5
 Middle 854 19.7
 Richer 769 17.7
 Richest 839 19.3
Age Mum years
 15–24 1372 31.6
 25–34 1982 45.7
 35–49 984 22.7
Age of child months
 Less than 12 1017 23.4
 13–24 920 21.2
 25–36 859 19.8
 37–48 842 19.4
 49–59 700 16.1
Child’s stunting status
 Yes 1214 28.0
 No 3124 72.0
Head Household
 Female 1115 25.7
 Male 3223 74.3
Sex of child
 Female 2148 49.5
 Male 2190 50.5
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5
66
3f
444
888
Fathers’ educationb N 148  
 No education 266 6.1
 Primary 1309
1981 45.7
78
66
66
66
 Secondary 972 22.4
 Tertiary 422 9.7
Child nutritional status
 Obesity 49 1.1
 Overweight 168 3.9
 Not overweight 4121 95.0
  1. aMissing 7, bmissing 697