Table 2

Weighted distribution (%) of the explanatory variables and age-adjusted mean BMI of women in 2000/01 and 2004/05 by the explanatory variables, and results of a test of change (p value) between the two periods.

2000/01 (n = 5838)

2004/05 (4821)

P values for test of change


Explanatory

variable

Category (subgroup)

Distribution

(%)

BMI mean

Distribution

(%)

BMI

mean


Totals

16-84

24.4

24.3

Ns

Age

16-24

12.6

21.9

13.4

21.8

Ns

25-34

17.0

23.4

16.4

23.5

Ns

35-44

16.9

24.3

17.4

24.5

Ns

45-54

17.3

24.7

17.1

24.7

Ns

55-64

15.3

25.8

16.4

25.4

0.02

65-74

11.3

25.7

10.9

25.8

Ns

75-84

9.6

25.2

8.4

25.3

Ns

Educational level (years)

≤9

26.4

24.9

23.1

24.7

Ns

10-11

30.6

24.6

25.1

24.9

0.045

≥12

43.0

24.0

51.8

24.1

Ns

Smoking

Never

54.5

24.4

54.2

24.3

Ns

Former

25.1

24.7

28.2

24.6

Ns

Daily

20.4

23.9

17.6

24.0

Ns

Urbanization2

1

35.7

24.0

36.2

24.0

Ns

2

35.8

24.5

36.2

24.5

Ns

3

28.5

24.9

27.6

24.8

Ns

Immigrant

Sweden

82.1

24.3

80.3

24.3

Ns

Status

Second-generation immigrants

6.3

24.5

6.7

24.7

Ns

Labour immigrants

5.8

25.2

5.7

24.9

Ns

Refugees

5.8

25.3

7.2

25.1

Ns


All persons in the sample were between 16 and 84 years old.

1 (1) The three largest cities in Sweden, (2) medium-sized towns (> 90,000) and (3) small towns (27,000-90,000) or rural areas.

Sundquist et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:119   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-119

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