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Table 1 Weight status by occupation and sociodemographic variables for the representative Australian population aged 20-64 years.

From: Occupational risk of overweight and obesity: an analysis of the Australian Health Survey

  Male Female
Socio-demographic n BMI mean (sd) Over-weight % Obese % n BMI mean (sd) Over-weight % Obese %
Occupation type         
   Without occupation 1121 27.1 (4.8)R 38.6 25.1 2300 26.0 (5.9)R 28.0 20.7
   Manager & administrator 852 27.3 (4.4) 49.3 19.3 313 24.9 (4.8)b 27.1 13.4
   Professional 1100 26.4 (4.2)b 45.2 15.6 1162 24.9 (5.0)b 23.0 14.7
   Associate professional 808 27.3 (4.9) 45.9 23.1 656 25.2 (4.8)b 29.1 14.9
   Tradesperson 1262 26.6 (4.5)a 46.2 17.7 99 25.9 (5.8) 28.6 16.5
   Advanced clerical & SW1 44 28.3 (5.4) 50.4 27.3 339 25.0 (5.1)b 23.5 15.4
   Intermediate clerical 526 27.0 (5.0) 45.6 19.9 1314 25.4 (5.4)b 27.0 16.9
   SSW2         
   Intermediate production & transport 867 27.4 (4.7) 43.0 24.3 101 25.6 (5.2) 25.7 23.1
   Elementary clerical SSW 305 25.8 (4.9)b 39.7 14.7 498 25.4 (5.2)a 29.4 16.3
   Laborers 528 26.3 (4.8)b 36.1 22.0 336 25.6 (5.1) 28.5 17.9
Age group         
   20-34 2639 25.8 (4.8)R 38.6 14.7 2510 24.3 (5.5)R 22.4 12.8
   35-49 2689 27.4 (4.6)b 46.9 23.1 2628 25.6 (5.4) b 27.1 17.6
   50-64 2139 27.5 (4.4)b 46.8 24.2 2014 26.7 (5.1) b 32.4 23.0
Country of birth         
   Australia/English-speaking 6190 27.1 (4.6)R 45.0 21.5 5890 25.7 (5.5)R 27.2 18.8
   Others 1276 26.0 (4.9)b 38.6 15.1 1262 24.3 (5.2)b 26.0 10.9
Social marital status         
   Married/Defacto 4531 27.5 (4.8)R 47.9 23.0 4437 25.7 (5.6)R 28.7 18.0
   Other 2935 25.9 (4.4)b 37.9 16.4 2715 25.0 (5.1)b 24.1 16.5
Highest level post-school         
   None/still at school 2878 27.0 (4.9)R 42.9 22.3 3104 26.0 (5.7)R 9.4 20.8
   Basic/skilled vocational 2261 27.2 (4.6) 45.0 22.4 1381 25.8 (5.6) 26.7 18.9
   Diploma 827 27.1 (5.0) 44.7 20.5 1068 25.2 (5.1)b 27.3 15.5
   Degree or higher 1500 26.1 (4.1)b 43.8 13.8 1600 24.2 (4.6)b 22.2 10.9
Household income quintile         
   1st Quintile (highest) 608 26.9 (5.5)R 40.6 20.5 1217 25.9 (6.0)R 28.6 20.1
   2nd Quintile 664 26.4 (4.8)a 34.7 22.4 1127 26.1 (5.6)b 29.3 19.9
   3rd Quintile 1121 26.7 (4.8) 40.5 19.9 1633 25.4 (5.3) 25.5 17.8
   4th Quintile 1747 26.9 (4.7) 43.8 21.2 1266 25.3 (5.1) 28.0 16.4
   5th Quintile (lowest) 2626 27.1 (4.2) 49.0 19.7 966 24.9 (4.9)b 26.3 13.4
  1. 1 SW = Service worker
  2. 2 SSW = Sales & service worker
  3. R = Referent group
  4. a = p-value < 0.05
  5. b = p-value < 0.01