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Table 1 Socio-demographic characterstics of parents and children aged 6–12 years in Bahir Dar City northwest Ethiopia, (n = 616)

From: Overweight/obesity among school aged children in Bahir Dar City: cross sectional study

Variables Frequency Percentage
Marital status respondent
 Single 8 1.3
 Married/partner 519 84.3
 Divorced/separated 54 8.8
 Widowed 35 5.7
Maternal religion
 Orthodox 500 81.2
 Muslim 86 14.0
 Catholic 8 1.3
 Protestant 20 3.2
 Others 2 0.3
Educational status of the mother
  No Formal Education 141 22.9
  Primary Education 158 25.6
  Secondary education &Above 317 51.5
Educational status of the father
  No Formal Education 124 20.1
  Primary Education 127 20.6
  Secondary education &Above 365 59.3
Fathers occupation
 private employed 321 52.1
 Formally Employed 237 38.5
  Daily laborer 58 9.4
Mothers occupation
  Private Employed 224 36.4
  Formally Employed 131 21.3
  Daily laborer 41 6.7
  Housewife 220 35.7
Respondent sex
  Male 70 11.4
  Female 546 88.6
Child sex
 Male 277 45
 Female 339 55
Type of school
 Public 483 78.4
 Private 133 21.6