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Table 1 Characteristics of the study population before retirement in men and women (n = 5426)

From: Change in body mass index during transition to statutory retirement: an occupational cohort study

  Men   Women   
n = 1116   n = 4310   p-value
Mean SD Mean SD  
Retirement age (years) 62.2 2.3 61.8 1.9 <.0001
  n % n %  
Retirement age
  < 60 159 14 505 12 <.0001
 60–64 758 68 3253 75  
  > 64 202 18 559 13  
Socioeconomic status      <.0001
 High 537 48 1537 36  
 Intermediate 212 19 1229 29  
 Low 367 33 1528 36  
Work characteristics      <.0001
 Sedentary 414 37 623 14  
 Diverse 555 50 2984 69  
 Physically heavy 147 13 703 16  
Body mass index      <.0001
 Normal weight 384 35 1980 46  
 Overweight 522 47 1673 39  
 Obese class I 162 15 520 12  
 Obese class II 41 4 125 3  
Low leisure-time physical activitya
 No 647 58 2491 58 0.99
 Yes 463 42 1787 42  
Alcohol useb      <.0001
 None 85 8 767 18  
 Moderate 908 82 3223 75  
 Heavy 113 10 298 7  
Smoking status      <.0001
 Never 586 55 3361 79  
 Former 337 32 546 13  
 Current 149 14 322 8  
Presence of chronic diseases      <.0001
 0 46 4 224 5  
 1 671 60 2220 51  
  > 1 399 36 1866 43  
Job strain      <.0001
 No 945 85 3086 73  
 Yes 164 15 1159 27  
  1. a Low physical activity at leisure time or during commuting to work is defined as less than 14 MET-hours per week. b Moderate alcohol use corresponds <192 g / week in women and <288 g / week in men and heavy alcohol use ≥192 g / week in women and ≥288 g / week in men.