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Table 1 Baseline demographic characteristics of children and their caregivers by children’s baseline weight status in two Caribbean countries, St. Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago (n = 336)

From: Rapid increase of overweight and obesity among primary school-aged children in the Caribbean; high initial BMI is the most significant predictor

  Thin
(n = 14)
Healthy weight
(n = 248)
Overweight
(n = 45)
Obese
(n = 29)
Children
 Age, mean±SD 7.3±0.82 7.4±0.94 7.3±0.92 7.5±0.95
 Sex, female, % 14.3 48.8 48.9 48.3
 HFA z-score, mean±SD -0.12±0.69 0.26±0.91 0.99±0.91 1.12±1.01
 BMI z-score, mean±SD −2.55±0.51 −0.39±0.71 1.39±0.32 2.90±0.84
Caregiver
 Age, mean±SD 35.6±10.4 34.5±9.5 34.8±9.1 39.6±10.4
 Sex, female, % 93.3 95.4 98.7 96.6
 Unmarried, % 57.1 46.2 57.6 69.2
 BMI, mean±SD 36.9±6.9 40.1±9.5 40.1±8.3 41.9±6.9
Country,
 Trinidad % 86.0 52.4 57.8 58.6
Education
 < secondary, % 43.8 43.8 52.5 35.3
  1. SD standard deviation