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Table 1 Characteristics of parents across the three sites

From: Association of parental body mass index (BMI) with child’s health behaviors and child’s BMI depend on child’s age

Parent   MA CA TX Total
N   421 804 512 1737
Gender Female (%) 90.7% 98.4% 95.9% 95.0%
Age (yr) Mean (SD) 33.4 ± 8.2 36.2 ± 8.4 34.4 ± 7.0 34.6 ± 7.9
Relation with child Mother (%) 86.7% 93.7% 94.1% 91.5%
Education High school graduate (%) 68.8% 68.7% 55.6% 64.4%
Employment Work for pay (%) 52.0% 39.7% 47.5% 46.4%
Income Less than $15,000 (%) 53.2% 43.5% 60.0% 51.9%
Poverty Index % below FPL 73.8% 60.6% 72.4% 68.9%
BMI   29.8 ± 7.3 31.8 ± 7.2 33.2 ± 7.8 31.6 ± 7.4
  1. Mean ± SD
  2. MA: Massachusetts; CA: California; TX: Texas
  3. FPL: federal poverty level
  4. BMI: body mass index, kg/m2
  5. Age: years