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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics of parents among primary school children in Dire Dawa City, Eastern Ethiopia, March 2016 [n = 448]

From: Childhood overweight, obesity and associated factors among primary school children in dire dawa, eastern Ethiopia; a cross-sectional study

Variables Frequency Percent
Respondent’s sex Male 128 28.6
Female 320 71.4
Maternal educational status No formal education 49 10.9
Primary level 184 41.1
Secondary level 145 32.4
College or University 70 15.6
Maternal occupation House wife 176 39.3
Government employee 116 25.9
Private business 156 34.8
Religion Orthodox 173 38.6
Muslim 174 38.8
Catholic 40 8.9
Protestant 55 12.3
Others 6 1.3
Average family monthly income Below the mean 240 53.6
Above the mean 208 46.4
Family size Less than or equal to 5 326 72.8
Greater than 5 122 27.2
Family own car Yes 41 9.2
No 407 90.8