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Table 7 The relationship between certain social factors and television viewing on weight status

From: Weight status of adolescents in secondary schools in port Harcourt using Body Mass Index (BMI)

Characteristic Normal No % Underweight No % Overweight No % Obese No % Total
Social class
Upper 244 (84.4) 12 (4.1) 25 (8.7) 8 (2.8) 289 (100)
Middle 327 (86.7) 23 (6.1) 20 (5.3) 7 (1.9) 377 (100)
Lower 248 (84.4) 26 (8.8) 18 (6.1) 2 (0.7) 294 (100)
Mother’s education
No education 47 (90.4) 4 (7.7) 1 (1.9) 0 (0.0) 52 (100)
Primary 139 (87.4) 10 (6.3) 9 (5.7) 1 (0.6) 159 (100)
Secondary 358 (86.1) 26 (6.3) 24 (5.8) 8 (1.9) 416 (100)
Technical/Commer 55 (85.9) 5 (7.8) 3 (4.7) 1 (1.6) 64 (100)
Higher/University 220 (81.8) 16 (5.9) 26 (9.7) 7 (2.6) 269 (100)
Family size
≤5 198 (84.6) 19 (8.1) 13 (5.6) 4 (1.7) 234 (100)
6–10 563 (85.7) 36 (5.5) 45 (6.8) 13 (2.0) 657 (100)
11–15 58 (84.1) 6 (8.7) 5 (7.2) 0 (0.0) 69 (100)
Hours spent watching TV
0–2 477 (86.1) 33 (6.0) 37 (6.7) 7 (1.3) 554 (100)
3–4 238 (85.0) 19 (6.8) 19 (6.8) 4 (1.4) 280 (100)
≥5 104 (82.5) 9 (7.1) 7 (5.6) 6 (4.8) 126 (100)
Snack intake/week
Once 101 (87.1) 5 (4.3) 6 (5.2) 4 (3.4) 116 (100)
1–2 137 (87.3) 11 (7.0) 9 (5.7) 0 (0.0) 157 (100)
>3 199 (86.4) 13 (5.7) 13 (5.7) 5 (2.2) 230 (100)
Everyday 382 (83.5) 32 (7.0) 35 (7.7) 8 (1.8) 457 (100)
Soft drink/week
Once 320 (84.2) 26 (6.8) 24 (6.3) 10 (2.6) 380 (100)
1–2 times 254 (87.0) 20 (6.8) 15 (5.1) 3 (1.0) 292 (100)
>3 161 (84.3) 11 (5.8) 16 (8.4) 3 (1.6) 191 (100)
Everyday 84 (86.6) 4 (4.1) 8 (8.2) 1 (1.0) 97 (100)