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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics of the study population and lifestyle changes during last 12 months

From: Body size perception, knowledge about obesity and factors associated with lifestyle change among patients, health care professionals and public health experts

  Patients Nurses GPs Public health experts P value
N 934 97 65 30  
Age, years (SD) 41.9 (13.1) 47.1 (10.9) 47.1 (12.5) 39.9 (13.0) 0.001
Age      < 0.001
 - 18–34 284 12 14 14  
 - 35–44 206 23 12 3  
 - 45–54 259 31 13 6  
 - 55–64 153 29 19 4  
 - 65–74 17 0 4 1  
 - > 75 1 0 0 0  
Gender      0.001
 Male 253 1 9 9  
 Female 677 96 56 21  
Self reported BMI, average (SD) 26.5 (6.0) 26.3 (4.9) 26.1 (4.6) 24.4 (4.7) 0.282
Self reported BMI category n (%)      0.348
 < 24.9 401 (44.8) 53 (54.6) 26 (40.6) 12 (46.2)  
 25–29.9 297 (33.1) 25 (25.8) 25 (39.1) 11 (42.3)  
 > 30 198 (22.1) 19 (19.6) 13 (20.3) 3 (11.5)  
Education      < 0.001
 Secondary school or lower 369 (40.0) 0 0 0  
 College or university 554 (60.0) 97 (100) 65 (100) 30 (100)  
Monthly incomes      < 0.001
 < 500 euros 433 (47.5) 48 (49.5) 6 (9.2) 4 (13.3)  
 ≥ 500 euros 479 (52.5) 49 (50.5) 56 (91.8) 26 (86.7)  
Lifestyle changes during last 12 month n (%)
 Healthier diet 94 (10.2) 6 (6.3) 4 (6.2) 2 (6.7) 0.867
 Increased physical activity 27 (2.9) 4 (4.2) 2 (3.1) 2 (6.7)  
 Both 218 (23.7) 21 (22.1) 16 (24.6) 7 (23.3)  
 No changes 580 (63.2) 64 (67.4) 43 (66.1) 19 (61.3)  
Changed lifestyle by weight category yes/no
 Normal weight 118/282 16/36 8/18 4/8 0.989
 Overweight 115/179 6/18 7/18 5/6 0.364
 Obese 97/100 9/10 7/6 2/1 0.921