Table 1

Descriptive data for confounders by frequency of fast food purchasing

Never

Monthly

Weekly

P-value*

%

%

%


n.

1424

878

245

Proportion who eat fast food

55.9

34.5

9.6

Age (years)

18–24

30.4

48.2

21.4

25–34

40.7

45.4

13.9

35–44

41.5

43.8

14.7

45–54

57.3

32.8

9.9

55–64

70.4

25.0

4.6

65 or over

73.5

23.9

2.6

<0.001

Country of birth

Australia

56.3

34.4

9.3

Overseas

55.0

34.6

10.4

0.627

Household Composition

Single adult male – no children

61.2

28.5

10.3

Single adult female – no children

73.5

22.4

4.0

Single – with children

43.1

43.1

13.9

Two or more adults – no children

65.3

28.7

6.0

Two or more adults – with children

45.2

41.6

13.3

<0.001

Education

Bachelor degree of higher

62.7

31.4

5.9

Diploma

56.9

34.3

8.9

Vocational

50.6

38.3

11.1

No post school qualifications

52.7

35.3

12.0

<0.001

Occupation

Professional

58.8

33.1

8.1

White-collar

50.8

38.3

10.9

Blue-collar

38.9

40.3

20.9

Not in labour force

58.1

33.1

8.8

<0.001

Income

A$78,000 or more

62.1

32.4

5.5

$52,000 – $77,999

51.9

37.7

10.4

$36,400 – $51,999

53.4

36.3

10.4

$20,800 – $36,399

51.9

35.9

12.1

$20,799 or less

56.8

31.0

12.2

<0.001

Area-level disadvantage

Least disadvantaged

59.3

33.9

6.8

Mid disadvantaged

57.0

33.5

9.6

Most disadvantaged

50.6

36.3

13.1

<0.001

Healthy foods time consuming

Disagree

57.4

33.8

8.8

Agree

48.0

37.9

14.1

<0.001

Healthy foods aren't tasty

Disagree

57.0

34.2

8.8

Agree

48.2

36.6

15.2

<0.001

Health considerations influence food choice

Disagree

41.8

39.0

19.2

Agree

58.2

33.7

8.1

<0.001


Thornton et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2009 6:28   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-6-28

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