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Table 1 Descriptive Statistics for the Demographic Characteristics and Obesity Causal Belief Items

From: Causal beliefs about obesity and associated health behaviors: results from a population-based survey

  Unweighted Sample Size (n) Weighted Sample %
Sex   
   Male 1372 48.9
   Female 2159 51.1
   Missing (n) 3  
Age (years) (M = 45.6)   
   18-39 860 39.8
   40-49 644 20.4
   50-59 809 17.0
   60-69 603 10.8
   ≥ 70 573 12.0
   Missing (n) 45  
Race/ethnicity   
   Hispanic 309 12.5
   Non-Hispanic white 2460 69.5
   Non-Hispanic black 431 11.5
   Non-Hispanic other 225 6.5
   Missing (n) 109  
Education   
   Less than high school 306 13.8
   High school graduate 805 24.4
   Some college 1130 36.8
   College graduate 1269 25.0
   Missing (n) 24  
Body mass index (M = 27.6)   
   Not overweight/obese (BMI < 25 kg/m2) 1286 37.3
   Overweight (BMI 25-29.9 kg/m2) 1168 34.0
   Obese (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2) 1018 28.7
   Missing (n) 62  
Belief that obesity is inherited   
   Not at all 334 9.7
   A little 890 25.2
   Some 1670 46.4
   A lot 627 18.6
   Missing (n) 13  
Belief that obesity is caused by overeating and not exercising   
   Not at all   
   A little 30 0.8
   Some 132 4.0
   A lot 817 22.8
   Missing (n) 2542 72.4
  13  
  1. Note. N = 3,534. Data are from respondents who completed a paper and pencil mailed survey for the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS).