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Table 1 Characteristics of consumers and non-consumers of SSBs among Australian adults aged 18–30 years (n = 675)

From: Eating occasion situational factors and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in young adults

n (%) Consumers Non-consumers P valuea
237 (35) 438 (65)  
Age, mean (95% CI) 24.0 (23.5, 24.4) 24.4 (24.1, 24.7) 0.14
Sex, n (%)    0.44
 Male 59 (33) 121 (67)  
 Female 178 (36) 317 (64)  
Country of birth    0.015
 Australia 191 (38) 316 (62)  
 Other 46 (27) 122 (73)  
Education level, n (%)    0.042
 Lower than tertiary educationb 110 (40) 168 (60)  
 Tertiary education or higher 127 (32) 270 (68)  
Gross weekly household income, n (%)b    0.15
  < $120 45 (34) 89 (66)  
 $120–499 85 (37) 144 (63)  
 $500–599 53 (41) 75 (59)  
  ≥ $1000 40 (29) 100 (71)  
Main daily activity, n(%)    0.19
 Working full-time 67 (28) 137 (31)  
 Working part-time 47 (20) 59 (13)  
 Studying (full-time or part-time) 105 (44) 206 (47)  
 Other 18 (8) 36 (8)  
Living situation, n (%)    0.58
 With parents or family 82 (34) 143 (32)  
 Alone 30 (13) 43 (10)  
 With a partner or spouse 49 (21) 95 (22)  
 With a flatmate or friend 67 (38) 145 (33)  
 Otherc 9 (4) 12 (3)  
Relationship status, n (%)    0.88
 Married or in a defacto relationship 53 (37) 91 (63)  
 In a committed relationship or dating 77 (35) 144 (65)  
 Not currently in a relationship 107 (35) 203 (65)  
Smoking status
 Never smoker 193 (36) 350 (64) 0.63
 Former/current smoker 44 (33) 88 (67)  
 BMI score, mean (95% CI)d 23.3 (22.7, 23.9) 22.5 (22.2, 22.8) 0.012
Weight status, n (%)e    0.027
 Healthy weight 169 (33) 348 (67)  
 Overweight/obese 66 (42) 90 (58)  
  1. aDifferences between consumers and non-consumers assessed using a t-test for continuous variables and Pearson’s chi2 test for categorical variables
  2. bIncludes n = 86 (13%) participants who had completed a technical and further education diploma or certificate and/or a trade/apprenticeship and n = 178 (64%) of participants who were currently studying
  3. cn = 631 with no missing data for income
  4. dIncludes responses “with children” (n = 17), university/college residence (n = 4)
  5. en = 673 with no missing data for BMI; results are geometric means (95% CI)