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Table 1 The distribution of children’s and parents’ characteristics and the association with rapid weight gain

From: Timing of rapid weight gain and its effect on subsequent overweight or obesity in childhood: findings from a longitudinal birth cohort study

VariablesTotalEver RWGNo RWGχ2
n%n%n%  
Total17,002100.0750944.2949355.8  
Sex      0.03 
 Boys894852.6394644.1500255.9  
 Girls805447.4356344.2449155.8  
Birth weight      6.99**
  < 2500 g11356.754447.959152.1  
  > =2500 g15,86793.3696543.9890256.1  
Gestational age      81.41***
 Preterm13798.173052.964947.1  
 37 weeks221213.0108349.0112951.0  
 38 weeks453226.7196543.4256756.6  
  > =39 weeks887952.2373142.0514858.0  
Singleton or multiple births      10.11**
 Singleton16,53997.3727144.0926856.0  
 Multiple4632.723851.422548.6  
Delivery methods      3.85 
 Caesarean section562233.1254245.2308054.8  
 Vaginal delivery11,36066.9495643.6640456.4  
Maternal smoking during pregnancy      0.09 
 Yes9615.742944.653255.4  
 No16,04194.4708044.1896155.9  
Breastfeeding until at least 12 months      19.81***
 Yes218612.986939.8131760.3  
 No14,81687.1664044.8817655.2  
Maternal nationality      8.15**
 Taiwanese14,99588.2668344.6831255.4  
 Others200511.882641.2117958.8  
Residential area      1.54 
 Rural township471627.7210744.7260955.3  
 Urban township757544.6330643.6426956.4  
 City471127.7209644.5261555.5  
Maternal education      8.82*
  < 9 years218912.991741.9127258.1  
 9–14 years666139.2291043.7375156.3  
  > =15 years812647.9367445.2445254.8  
Family monthly income (NTD)      3.49 
  < 30,000182910.877442.3105557.7  
 30,000-49,999501929.6220443.9281556.1  
 50,000-69,999448126.4200544.7247655.3  
  > =70,000563233.2250544.5312755.5  
  1. * p < 0.05, ** p < 0.01, *** p < 0.001
  2. †New Taiwan Dollars