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Table 5 Leisure-time activities reported by successful losers and unsuccessful weight losers – Styles Survey, 2004

From: Dietary and physical activity behaviors among adults successful at weight loss maintenance

   Successful Unsuccessful  
   (n = 543) (n = 1,415) χ2
Activity: n % (se)a % (se)a p-value
Listening to music 1,609 85.43 (1.60) 82.79 (1.09) 0.178
Reading 1,162 60.67 (2.72) 57.17 (1.57) 0.264
Arts/crafts/collecting 1,041 50.67 (2.74) 53.08 (1.56) 0.446
Going out to or renting movies 946 46.66 (2.79) 51.05 (1.57) 0.165
Playing cards/board games 926 45.70 (2.74) 47.09 (1.57) 0.659
Cooking/baking for fun 772 45.59 (2.74) 36.48 (1.49) 0.004*
Playing computer/video games 851 45.56 (2.81) 45.19 (1.58) 0.907
Shopping for fun 829 44.04 (2.72) 40.55 (1.51) 0.264
DIY home projects/parties 815 43.39 (2.72) 41.10 (1.56) 0.466
Gardening 840 42.78 (2.61) 38.65 (1.50) 0.167
Picnics/parks 615 32.75 (2.53) 30.66 (1.52) 0.478
Going to beach/lake 604 32.29 (2.61) 32.05 (1.51) 0.937
Gambling/casino/lottery tickets 663 31.67 (2.48) 37.67 (1.58) 0.043
Zoo/theme/water parks 584 30.35 (2.60) 31.02 (1.52) 0.826
Religious activities 585 28.92 (2.47) 28.12 (1.36) 0.777
Going to theater/symphony 380 22.56 (2.31) 19.22 (1.18) 0.199
Attending sports events 437 22.38 (2.28) 23.55 (1.37) 0.659
Going to nightclubs/bars 201 15.42 (2.53) 11.70 (1.16) 0.188
Book club 216 10.92 (1.55) 11.12 (1.04) 0.915
Adult education classes 148 8.28 (1.30) 6.49 (0.68) 0.222
Not specified 4 0.7 (0.36) 0.8 (0.29) 0.822
  1. a Standard error.
  2. *Significant difference between successful and unsuccessful significant (p < 0.01).
  3. The following groups on the questionnaire were collapsed: playing cards and playing board games; playing computer games and playing video games; arts & crafts, collecting (dolls, cards), sewing/needlework, photography, and woodworking; gambling/casino and lottery tickets/scratch off; zoo and theme parks.