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Table 2 Dietary and physical activity habits of Ghanaian children 9–15 years

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

  Total Private Public
n % n % n %
Dietary habits
 Access to soft drinks at home 860 27.8 626 32.1 234 20.3
 Breakfast ≤3 days/week 427 13.8 289 14.9 138 12.1
 Fried foods ≥5 times/week 1388 44.9 728 37.3 460 40.5
 Soft drinks ≥2 bottles previous day 33 1.1 24 1.3 9 0.8
 Sweetened drink ≥5 times/week 465 15.1 331 16.9 134 11.8
 Cakes, pies, doughnuts ≥3 days/week 1742 56.4 1071 54.5 671 58.6
Fruit consumption (times/week)
 0–5 2464 79.8 1563 80.0 901 79.7
 6–10 452 11.7 282 14.4 170 14.6
 11–15 138 3.6 89 4.6 49 4.3
 > 15 35 0.9 19 1.0 16 1.4
Vegetable consumption (times/week)
 0–5 1899 61.5 1210 62.6 689 60.7
 6–10 864 30.0 550 27.7 314 27.6
 11–15 236 7.6 138 6.9 98 8.6
 > 15 90 2.9 55 2.8 35 3.1
Physical activity
 Transport to school ≥3 days/week 1347 43.6 1034 52.9 313 27.2
 Household chores >5 times/week 1795 58.1 1041 53.3 754 65.7
 Any sporting activity ≥3 times/week 852 27.6 498 26.2 354 32.0
Playing football/ampea ≥ 3 times/week
 Males 578 18.7 349 9.2 229 21.9
 Females 275 8.9 149 7.0 125 10.1
Sedentary behavior
 Watching Television ≥5 times/week 166 5.4 105 13.9 61 13.7
Duration watching TV (hours/week)
 <2 1356 45.1 854 45.1 502 45.2
 2–3 1356 45.1 856 45.2 500 45.1
 ≥4 291 9.8 183 9.7 108 9.7
  1. Values presented as number (percentage of private or public)
  2. aA local game involving clapping and jumping