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Table 1 Background characteristics of respondents

From: Socio-economic inequalities in overweight and obesity among women of reproductive age in Bangladesh: a decomposition approach

Variables Variable frequencies (n = 16,624)
n (%)
Age   
 15–19 1667 10.03
 20–29 5846 35.17
 30–39 5180 31.16
 40–49 3931 23.65
Marital status   
 Widowed/divorced/separated 1014 6.10
 Married 15,610 93.90
Nutritional status of women   
 Underweight (BMI < 18.5) 3091 18.59
 Normal (18.5 ≤ BMI < 23) 6922 41.64
 Overweight (23 ≤ BMI < 27.5) 4751 28.58
 Obese (BMI ≥ 27.5) 1860 11.19
No of children   
 1–2 9419 56.66
 3–4 5073 30.52
 5 and above 2132 12.82
Household size   
 1–4 7058 42.46
 5–6 5611 33.75
 Above 6 3955 23.79
Ever had any caesarean delivery   
 No 15,568 93.65
 Yes 1056 6.35
Watching TV (at least once or every day in a week)   
 No 7998 48.11
 Yes 8626 51.89
Wealth index   
 Poorest 2999 18.04
 Poorer 3102 18.66
 Middle 3382 20.34
 Richer 3534 21.26
 Richest 3607 21.70
Educational status   
 No education 4039 24.30
 Primary 4875 29.33
 Secondary 6153 37.01
 Higher 1557 9.37
Husband's educational status   
 No education 4766 28.67
 Primary 4503 27.09
 Secondary 4884 29.38
 Higher 2471 14.86
 Rural 10,860 65.33
 Urban 5764 34.67
Region   
 Barisal 1982 11.92
 Chittagong 2639 15.87
 Dhaka 2893 17.40
 Khulna 2460 14.80
 Rajshahi 2380 14.32
 Rangpur 2389 14.37
 Sylhet 1881 11.31
Combination of women’s education and their husband’s education   
 Higher educated women with higher educated husband/partner 1495 8.99
 Higher educated women with lower educated husband/partner 62 0.37
 Lower educated women with higher educated husband/partner 1326 7.98
 Lower educated women with lower educated husband/partner 13,741 82.66