Table 3

Characteristics of focus group participants
Characteristic N=66
n %
Gender
 Female 37 56
 Male 29 44
Living arrangements
 Lives alone 10 15
 Lives with partner 11 17
 Lives with partner and child(ren) 16 24
 Lives with children 1 2
 Lives with parents 1 2
 Lives with parents and sibling(s) 11 17
 Lives with other adults* 16 24
Occupation status
 Employed full-time/part-time 33 50
 Full-time homemaker 7 11
 Unemployed 3 5
 Student 22 33
 Retired 1 2
Highest level of education
 Basic school 6 9
 A-level 17 26
 Vocational training 11 17
 University level 32 48
Special diet
 Weight reducing diet 13 20
 Diabetic diet 3 5
 Renal diet 1 2
 Vegetarian diet 5 11
 Vegan diet 2 3
 No special diet 42 64
BMI† (kg/m2)
 Less than 18.5 (underweight) 3 5
 18.5 to less than 25 (normal) 20 30
 25 to less than 30 (overweight) 21 32
 30 or more (obese, excluding morbidity) 15 23
 40 or more (morbidly obese) 6 9
 Unknown 1 1

*Comprised of participants living with relatives (6%) and non-relatives (94%) not falling into another category.

†BMI based on self-reported height and body weight.

Spence et al.

Spence et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2013 10:92   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-10-92

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