Table 1

Frequency distribution of the demographic, socioeconomic characteristics and behavior factors of study participants (n = 1183)
Variables Numbers (%)
Age in years
40 – 49 691 (59.3)
50 – 59 242 (20.7)
60 – 69 159 (13.6)
70 and over 74 (6.3)
Sex
Males 396 (33.5)
Females 787 (66.5)
Level of education
Illiterate 657 (57.1)
Primary/Unofficial education 118 (9.9)
Secondary school 216 (18.3)
High school and more 174 (14.7)
Monthly income
≤ 10000 524 (52.4)
10000 – 20000 293 (29.3)
20000 – 30000 80 (7.3)
≥ 30000 103 (10.3)
Work status
Government employee 260 (22.7)
Business 59 (5.2)
Jobless 63 (5.5)
Unable to work 472 (41.3)
Housewife 290 (25.3)
Knowledge of blood pressure
Yes 195 (16.5)
No 988 (83.5)
Smoking status
Current smoker 61 (5.2)
Ever smoker 95 (8.1)
Never smoker 1018 (86.7)
Basic mass index
Underweight 13 (1.1)
Normal weight 346 (29.6)
Obese 365 (31.2)
Overweight 445 (38.1)
Type of cooking fat
Solid cooking fat 821 (69.6)
Liquid cooking fat 339 (28.6)
Other 4 (1.8)
Frequency of eating meat in a month
< 3 times per month 307 (26.3)
3 – 6 time per month 592 (50.4)
6 – 9 times per month 160 (13.6)
≥ 9 times per month 116 (9.9)
Frequency of eating rice in a month
< 3 times per month 536 (49)
3 – 6 time per month 432 (39.5)
6 – 9 times per month 126 (11.5)
Frequency of taking vegetable in a month
Once a week 240 (20.3)
Twice a week 291 (24.6)
Thrice a week 166 (14)
>3times a week 486 (41.1)
Frequency of taking fruits in a month
Once a week 181 (15.3)
Twice a week 257 (22.6)
Thrice a week 233 (19.7)
>3times a week 502 (42.4)
Mode of transportation to job
Walk by foot 747 (63.2)
Bicycle 25 (2.1)
Motorcycle 15 (1.3)
Car 72 (6.1)
Public transport 59 (5)
Frequency of physical activity
< 10minutes per day 1022 (86.4)
10 – 30minutes per day 132 (11.2)
≥ 30minutes per day 29 (2.4)
Frequency of sitting in hours
< 10hours per week 238 (20.1)
10 – 30hours per week 812 (68.8)
≥ 30hours per week 131 (11.1)
Frequency of walking in hours
< 10hours per week 375 (31.9)
10 – 30hours per week 625 (53.1)
≥ 30hours per week 176 (15)
Blood pressure
Normotensive 573 (48.5)
Pre-Hypertensive 218 (18.4)
Hypertensive 392 (33.1)
General obesity
Yes 379 (32)
No 804 (68)
Central obesity
Yes 687 (58.8)
No 481 (41.2)

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