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Table 1 Background characteristics of Ghanaian children 9–15 years

From: Prevalence and predictors of overweight and obesity among school-aged children in urban Ghana

  Total Private School Public School
n % n % n %
Child’s sex       
 Male 1413 46.6 925 51.1 488 46.7
 Female 1617 53.4 1028 48.9 648 53.3
Maternal education       
 None 174 56 74 3.8 100 8.8
 Primary 1055 34.2 558 28.0 497 43.5
 Secondary (JHS/SHS) 637 20.7 458 23.3 179 15.7
 Tertiary 357 11.6 287 14.8 70 6.1
 Do not know 860 27.9 572 30.1 288 25.9
Maternal occupation       
 Artisan 515 16.7 302 15.5 213 18.8
 Professionala 380 12.3 302 15.5 78 6.7
 Office workerb 71 2.3 52 2.6 19 1.7
 Trading 1884 61.0 1140 58.4 744 65.5
 Not employed 195 6.3 126 6.4 69 6.2
 Do not know 44 1.4 31 1.6 13 1.1
Household size       
 ≤ 3 309 10.0 200 10.2 109 9.5
 4–6 1785 57.8 1121 57.7 664 58.8
 7–9 810 26.2 505 25.7 305 26.6
 ≥10 185 6.0 127 6.4 58 5.1
Household socioeconomic status factor 1 c
 Low 1027 33.7 575 30.0 451 40.3
 Medium 981 32.2 725 37.7 256 22.6
 High 1037 34.1 621 32.3 416 37.1
Household socioeconomic status factor 2 d
 Low 1199 39.4 603 31.3 596 53.3
 Medium 825 27.1 501 26.1 324 28.9
 High 1021 33.5 818 42.6 203 17.7
  1. Values presented as number (percentage of private or public)
  2. aIncludes teachers, lawyers, doctors, and accountants
  3. bIncludes secretaries and office clerks
  4. cReflects possession of household items such as television, video player, and refrigerator
  5. dReflects occupation and ownership of assets such as home, air conditioner, and vehicle