Table 1

Descriptive statistics for children aged 2–3 in the NLSCY*

N = 2152

Percent (%)


Baseline (1994)

Individual Characteristics

Female

49.56

Male

50.44

Age = 2

48.52

Age = 3

51.48

Income Adequacy in 1994

Low/low middle

20.28

Middle/high middle

64.43

High

15.29

Parent Education in 1994

No high school certificate

14.98

High School/Some Postsecondary

46.41

Postsecondary degree

38.61

Family Structure in 1994

Child living in an intact family

81.28

Child not living in an intact family

18.72

Neighbourhood Low Income

Least Poor (less than 7.6%)

22.56

Middle (7.7 to 28.6%)

57.07

Most Poor (greater than 28.7%)

21.37

Census Metropolitan Area

Urban

67.59

Rural

32.41

Across Cycles (1994–2002)

BMI Percentile (based on CDC values)

Average (sd)

Ages 2–3 (1994)

65.77 (1.45)

Ages 4–5 (1996)

63.26 (1.29)

Ages 6–7 (1998)

59.85 (1.40)

Ages 8–9 (2000)

59.43 (1.54)

Ages 10–11 (2002)

59.57 (1.31)

Overweight (BMI ≥ 85th Percentile based on CDC values)

Percent (%)

Ages 2–3 (1994)

48.71

Ages 4–5 (1996)

41.68

Ages 6–7 (1998)

38.67

Ages 8–9 (2000)

34.03

Ages 10–11 (2002)

31.53


* NLSCY = National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (Canadian). Data used are for a cohort of children aged 2–3 at baseline (1994) and assessed bi-annually until 2002

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