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Table 1 Anthropometric and demographic characteristics of the families.

From: Obesity related eating behaviour patterns in Swedish preschool children and association with age, gender, relative weight and parental weight - factorial validation of the Children's Eating Behaviour Questionnaire

  Total population, n = 174 Sub-population, n = 47 a)
  Mean (SD), min-max Mean (SD)
Children's age (years) 3.8 (1.4), 1.0-6.3  
Children's BMI SDS b)   -0.41 (1.09)
Parental BMI (kg/m 2 )   
   Mother 22.6 (3.4), 17.7-37.2  
   Father 24.9 (2.5), 18.3-33.1  
  N (%) N (%)
Children's sex   
   Girls 87 (50.0) 27 (57.4)
   Boys 87 (50.0) 20 (42.6)
Children's age groups   
   1 year 25 (14.4)  
   2 years 30 (17.2)  
   3 years 34 (19.5)  
   4 years 39 (22.4)  
   5-6 years 46 (26.4)  
Parental weight categories c)   
   Mother   
Normal weigth (BMI < 25) 149 (85.6)  
Overweight (BMI 25-29.9) 19 (10.9)  
Obese (BMI ≥30) 6 (3.4)  
   Father   
Normal weigth (BMI < 25) 104 (59.8)  
Overweight (BMI 25-29.9) 64 (36.8)  
Obese (BMI ≥ 30) 6 (3.4)  
   Mother and father combined weight groups   
2 overweight or at least 1 obese parent 20 (11.5) 10 (21.3)
2 normal weight or 1 normal weight and 1 overweight parent 154 (88.5) 37 (78.7)
Parental education   
   Mother   
Elementary school 4 (2.3) 1 (2.1)
High school 44 (25.3) 16 (34.0)
College/University 126 (72.4) 30 (63.8)
   Father   
Elementary school 2 (1.1) 2 (4.3)
High school 52 (30.0) 19 (40.4)
College/University 120 (69.0) 26 (55.3)
Parental ethnicity   
   2 parents Swedish 132 (75.9)  
   1 or 2 parents non-Swedish 42 (24.1)  
Completed the questionnaire   
   Mother 132 (75.9)  
   Father 34 (20.0)  
   Mother and father 8 (4.6)  
  1. a) For the sub-population only the variables used in the analyses between eating behaviours and children's relative weight (BMI SDS) are reported.
  2. b) BMI Standard deviation score, according to a reference population [30]
  3. c) Weight categories according to international cut-off points [31]