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Table 3 Proportion of respondents with normal versus overweight/obese BMI according to demographic groups

From: Levels and correlates of physical activity, inactivity and body mass index among Saudi women working in office jobs in Riyadh city

Respondent characteristics BMI category p-value
Normal Overweight/Obese
N (%) N (%)
All (n = 393) 150 (38.2) 229 (58.3) ----
Age (n = 283)    
≤ 35 years 103 (36.4) 112 (39.6) P < 0.001
> 35 years 12 (4.2) 56 (19.8)  
Marital status (n = 415)    
Married 56 (15.0) 108 (28.9) P = 0.047
Other (not married) 93 (24.9) 117 (31.3)  
Number of children (n = 378)    
none 87 (23.0) 92 (24.3) P = 0.001
At least one 63 (16.7) 136 (36.0)  
Education (n = 375)    
≤high school 15 (4.0) 46 (12.3) P = 0.008
> high school 134 (35.7) 180 (48.0)  
Monthly family income (n = 353)    
< 10,000 SR (2,667 USD) 48 (13.6) 102 (28.9) P = 0.019
≥10,0000 SR (2,667 USD) 90 (25.5) 113 (32.0)  
Job sector (n = 361)    
Public 77 (21.3) 162 (44.9) P < 0.001
Private 66 (18.3) 56 (15.5)  
Working hours per day (n = 371)    
< 7 h 56 (15.1) 84 (22.6) P = 0.974
≥7 h 92 (24.8) 139 (37.5)  
Physical Activity Social Support score (n = 366)    
Low 70 (19.1) 103 (28.1) P = 0.678
High 74 (20.2) 119 (32.5)  
Self-Efficacy score (n = 377)    
Low 58 (15.4) 94 (24.9) P = 0.656
High 91 (24.1) 134 (35.5)  
PA level (n = 379)    
Low 78 (20.6) 116 (30.6) P = 0.798
Moderate/high 72 (19.0) 113 (29.8)