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Table 2 Characteristics of the sample, categorical variables

From: Overweight in children and its perception by parents: cross-sectional observation in a general pediatric outpatient clinic

  N Percent
Weight status (BMI) underweight 61 10.2
normal weight 456 76.0
overweight 64 10.7
Obese 19 3.2
Parental perception underweight 47 7.8
Normal weight 533 89.0
overweight 19 3.2
Age groups 10–15 42 7.0
6–10 119 19.8
3–6 225 37.5
under 3 214 35.7
Sex male 316 52.7
female 284 47.3
Person filling in the questionnaire mother 422 70.5
father 98 16.4
Both (mother & father) 73 12.2
others 6 1.0
Complications during pregnancy or birth none 340 56.6
Caesarian section 174 29.1
Vacuum-extraction 32 5.4
infection 3 0.5
others 49 8.2
Only child Only child 263 43.9
At least 1 sibling 336 56.1
Highest degree of school education father compulsory schooling 23 3.9
completed apprenticeship 224 37.7
Higher school certificate 153 25.8
Academic degree 194 32.7
Highest degree of school education mother Compulsory schooling 28 4.7
completed apprenticeship 174 29.2
Higher school certificate 197 33.1
Academic degree 197 33.1
Paternal weight status underweight 4 0.7
Normal weight 291 50.6
overweight 280 48.7
Maternal weight status underweight 64 10.9
Normal weight 349 59.3
overweight 176 29.9
Parental citizenship Both parents austrian 461 77.0
≥ 1 parents not citizen of Austria 138 23.0