Table 1

Association of dietary behaviors with overweight and obesity among Pakistani primary school children

Total Sample (n = 1860)

Normal (n = 1544)

Overweight (n = 176)

Obese (n = 140)


Characteristics

n (%)

n (%)

n (%)

n (%)

χ2

P value


Breakfast

Usually eat

1719 (92.4)

1442 (83.9)

155 (9.0)

122 (7.1)

12.41

0.002

Does not eat

141 (7.6)

102 (72.3)

21 (14.9)

18 (12.8)

Lunch

Eat at school

1468 (78.9)

1216 (82.8)

138 (9.4)

114 (7.8)

0.58

0.747

Eat at home

392 (21.1)

328 (83.7)

38 (9.7)

26 (6.6)

Family Supper

< once/week

151 (8.1)

130 (86.1)

8 (5.3)

13 (8.6)

9.86

0.131

1-3 times/week

179 (9.6)

154 (86.0)

15 (8.4)

10 (5.6)

4-5 times/week

316 (17.0)

263 (83.2)

37 (11.7)

16 (5.1)

> 5 times/week

1214 (65.3)

997 (82.1)

116 (9.6)

101 (8.3)

Fast food and snacks

< once/week

1062 (57.1)

907 (85.4)

83 (7.8)

72 (6.8)

10.98

0.027

1-2 times/week

549 (29.5)

441 (80.3)

62 (11.3)

46 (8.4)

≥ 3 times/week

249 (13.4)

196 (78.7)

31 (12.4)

22 (8.8)


Mushtaq et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2011 8:130   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-8-130

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