Table 2

Frequency of overweight or obesity in Québec and Jamaican children by selected characteristics, by sex and by both sexes combined

Overweight or obese Québec children

Overweight or obese Jamaican children


Characteristic

Category

Girls

Boys

All

Girls

Boys

All


Sex

Girl

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26.3

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12.6

Boy

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25.3

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9.2


Family SES

Tertile 1 (Low)

34.5*

29.6

32.2*

8.3

5.3*

6.8*

Tertile 2 (Medium)

22.8

23.6

23.2

14.9

9.5

12.2

Tertile 3 (High)

21.6

23.0

22.2

14.2

11.6

13.0


Household food insecurity

No

23.2*

23.1

23.1*

13.7

10.5

12.1*

Yes

66.0

34.6

52.5

9.8

6.1

7.9


Family type

Two-parent family

21.7*

24.5

23.1*

13.8

10.8

12.5

Blended family

28.8

27.0

28.1

13.5

8.7

11

Single-parent family

41.9

27.6

35.2

10.8

8.2

9.5


Pastry consumption

Less than once a day

30.7*

25.6

28.4

13.5

10

11.9

Once to less than twice a day

26.1

20.5

23.1

10.3

8.7

9.5

Twice a day or more

10.4

24.9

17.1

9.2

6.7

7.9


Fruit consumption

Less than once a day

34.2

28.4

31.4

14.5

9.3

12

Once to less than twice a day

26.9

19.1

22.8

10.9

9.9

10.4

Twice a day or more

24.4

24.4

24.4

11.5

7.7

9.6


Vegetable consumption

Less than once a day

41.9*

31.7

37.3*

13.1

9.1

11.2

Once to less than twice a day

19.9

22.7

21.2

12.5

9.4

10.9

Twice a day or more

21.9

21.4

21.6

12.5

9.6

11.1


Physical activity (Québec)

Same, lower or much lower than other children

28.8

26.3

27.6

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Higher or much higher than other children

20.4

23.4

21.8

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Physical activity (Jamaica)

None or low

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15.0*

9.1

12.5

Moderate or high

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10.1

9.2

9.6


* Statistically significant association between the characteristic and the dependent variables within column (chi-square P ≤ 0.05)

Dubois et al. BMC Public Health 2011 11:199   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-199

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