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Table 1 Characteristics of mother-child dyads (n = 358 a )

From: Food neophobia and its association with diet quality and weight in children aged 24 months: a cross sectional study

Demographic variable Mean ± SD or%(n)
Maternal characteristics
Age at delivery (years) 31.6 ± 4.8
BMI at T1 (kg/m2) 26.1 ± 5.8
Marital status (partnered) 96.9 (346)
Mother’s education level (university degree) 57.0 (204)
Other children (none) 66.9 (237)
Child characteristics
Gender (boy) 45.8 (164)
Breastfeeding duration  
 Never breastfed 1.7 (6)
 Less than 6 months 28.3 (101)
 6 to 12 months 29.4 (105)
 More than 12 months 40.6 (145)
Age of introduction of solids (weeks) 21.9 ± 5.2
Weight for age Z-score at T1b −0.3 ± 1.0
Total Child Food Neophobia Scorec 12.8 ± 3.6
  1. aN values range from 344 to 358 due to missing data.
  2. bCalculated at infant age M = 5.2, SD = 1.3 months using WHO Anthro software program version 3.0.1 and macros [33].
  3. cTotal score on Child Food Neophobia Scale [29], 6 items, 4 point scale, higher scores indicative of stronger behavioural display of neophobia; reported by mother at child age M = 24.0, SD = 0.7 months.