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Table 2 Proportion of picky eaters and overeaters over all 3 ages by selected characteristics

From: Problem eating behaviors related to social factors and body weight in preschool children: A longitudinal study

    Picky Eating Overeating
Characteristic Category % Never reported as picky eater Reported as picky eater at all 3 ages Never reported as overeater Reported as overeater at all 3 ages
   100.00 70.9 5.5 61.0 6.6
Child's sex Girl 49.51 72.1 4.8 64.7 * 4.4 *
  Boy 50.49 69.7 6.3 57.3 8.8
Birth weight Less than 2500 g 4.03 69.0 14.2 * 52.2 11.3
  2500–4000 g 84.92 70.1 5.2 61.7 6.2
  More than 4000 g 11.04 77.0 5.1 58.8 7.7
Mother's age group Less than 25 y 6.85 74.0 5.0 42.9 * 7.9
  25–29 y 23.14 69.8 3.9 59.0 8.0
  30–34 y 32.18 71.9 5.9 62.5 7.6
  35 y or more 37.82 70.4 6.4 64.3 4.7
Mother's immigrant status Not immigrant 86.65 71.5 5.6 62.6 * 6.4
  Immigrant 13.35 68.3 5.6 51.4 7.9
Mother's education No high school diploma 15.70 69.6 4.8 50.3 * 7.1
  High school diploma 21.87 67.7 6.7 58.2 7.0
  College diploma 34.93 68.9 5.3 66.1 7.0
  University diploma 27.50 77.0 5.5 62.9 5.5
Mother's smoking status during pregnancy Did not smoke during pregnancy 74.97 71.6 5.7 61.7 6.0
  Smoked during pregnancy 25.03 68.8 5.1 58.7 8.5
Family type Two-parent family 86.05 71.0 5.3 62.6 * 6.0 *
  Single-parent family 13.95 71.1 7.0 51.2 10.4
Annual household income Less than $20,000 10.02 72.6 9.0 43.3 * 12.6 *
  $20,000–39,999 20.05 64.3 5.4 56.4 6.9
  $40,000–59,999 26.53 70.5 4.8 62.9 7.5
  $60,000 or more 43.40 73.7 5.3 66.1 4.7
Income sufficiency Sufficient 80.30 71.5 4.8 * 64.5 * 5.9*
  Insufficient 19.70 68.4 8.8 47.4 9.5
Number of overweight/obese parents 0 parent 36.90 68.8 5.9 63.6 4.8 *
  1 parent 47.37 71.5 4.9 60.8 6.5
  2 parents 15.73 72.6 6.9 57.4 10.4
Day-care attendance Not in day-care or being taken care of at home 30.58 73.8 6.3 57.4 5.8
  Being taken care of at someone else's home 35.37 71.9 4.8 64.4 6.4
  In a day-care centre 34.05 67.2 5.7 60.4 7.7
Food insufficiency in preschool years Had never known food insufficiency 93.82 71.3 5.5 61.8* 6.2*
  Had known food insufficiency 6.18 65.6 5.4 48.6 12.5
  1. * Statistically significant association between the characteristic and the dependent variable (p-value (chi-square)< = 0.05)