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Table 1 Selected baseline covariates* by television exposure from the analysis sample, n = 15,574.

From: Television, physical activity, diet, and body weight status: the ARIC cohort

  Low TV exposure Medium TV exposure High TV exposure
  N % N % N %
Age (years)       
45–49 886 30.8 1938 26.6 1341 24.8
50–59 1415 49.2 3770 51.7 2666 49.3
>= 60 577 20.1 1585 21.7 1396 25.8
BMI       
Under weight 26 0.9 54 0.7 62 1.2
Normal weight 1131 39.3 2408 33.0 1475 27.3
Overweight 1087 37.8 2853 39.1 2182 40.4
Obese 634 22.0 1978 27.1 1684 31.2
Race       
White 2415 83.9 5439 57.6 3569 66.1
African American 463 16.1 1854 42.4 1834 33.9
Gender       
Male 1167 59.4 3090 42.4 2720 50.3
Female 1711 40.6 4203 57.6 2683 49.7
Center       
Jackson, MS 415 14.4 1683 23.1 1573 29.1
Washington County, MD 765 26.6 1903 26.1 1286 23.8
NW suburbs of Minneapolis, MN 931 32.4 1792 24.6 1236 22.9
Forsyth County, NC 767 26.6 1915 26.3 1308 24.2
General Health Status       
Excellent 1240 43.1 2466 33.8 1464 27.1
Good 1269 44.1 3484 47.8 2532 46.9
Fair 322 11.2 1139 15.6 1127 20.9
Poor 47 1.6 204 2.8 280 5.2
Education       
Less than high school 497 17.3 1646 22.6 1550 28.7
At least high school education, but 1131 39.3 2987 40.9 2236 41.4
less than college       
College education or higher 1250 43.3 2660 36.5 1617 29.9
Smoking Status       
Current 588 20.4 1792 24.6 1392 31.3
Former 941 32.7 2325 31.9 1757 32.5
Never 1349 46.9 3176 43.6 1954 36.2