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Table 2 Characteristics of children 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

Child   MA CA TX Total/Average
Boys N 218 552 244 1014
Age (yr) 6.6 ± 3.3 6.9 ± 2.7 7.7 ± 2.8 7.1 ± 2.9
Race (% of Hispanic) 57.8% 98.0% 88.9% 81.6%
% of 95th BMI percentile 95.1 ± 18.9 98.8 ± 19.7 117.6 ± 19.2 103.9 ± 19.3
FV Intake (times/day) 2.3 ± 1.7 2.3 ± 1.5 1.9 ± 1.3 2.2 ± 1.5
SSB Intake (times/day) 0.7 ± 0.9 1.1 ± 1.2 1.3 ± 1.2 1.0 ± 1.1
Screen Time (hrs/wk) 23.2 ± 15.8 27.2 ± 16.1 28.5 ± 16.6 26.3 ± 16.2
7 days/wk. of PA 60 min/day 76.2% 43.5% 19.7% 46.4%
Girls N 203 567 255 1025
Age (yr) 6.5 ± 3.1 6.9 ± 2.6 7.7 ± 2.7 7.0 ± 2.8
Race (% of Hispanic) 69.0% 98.9% 85.9% 84.6%
% of 95th BMI percentile 92.1 ± 19.8 96.2 ± 20.3 115.99 ± 16.8 101.4 ± 18.6
FV Intake (times/day) 2.3 ± 1.4 2.4 ± 1.5 2.3 ± 1.4 2.3 ± 1.5
SSB Intake (times/day) 0.8 ± 1.1 1.0 ± 1.0 1.2 ± 1.3 1.0 ± 1.1
Screen Time (hrs/wk) 21.7 ± 13.0 22.3 ± 12.8 26.5 ± 15.5 24.2 ± 13.8
7 days/wk. of PA 60 min/day 69.5% 42.3% 14.9% 42.2%
Overall N 421 1119 499 2039
Age (yr) 6.5 ± 3.2 6.9 ± 2.7 7.7 ± 2.8 7.1 ± 2.9
Race (% of Hispanic) 63.4% 98.5% 87.9% 83.1%
% of 95th BMI percentile 93.6 ± 19.4 97.5 ± 20.0 116.80 ± 18.0 102.7 ± 19.0
FV Intake (times/day) 2.3 ± 1.6 2.4 ± 1.5 2.1 ± 1.4 2.3 ± 1.5
SSB Intake (times/day) 0.8 ± 1.0 1.1 ± 1.1 1.3 ± 1.3 1.0 ± 1.1
Screen Time (hrs/wk) 22.5 ± 14.4 24.8 ± 14.5 27.5 ± 16.1 25.3 ± 15.0
7 days/wk. of PA 60 min/day 72.9% 42.9% 17.3% 44.3%
  1. Mean ± SD
  2. MA: Massachusetts, CA: California, TX: Texas
  3. FV intake: time(s) per day fruit and vegetable intake; SSB intake: time(s) per day sugar-sweetened beverage (i.e., soda, punch) intake; screen time: total hour(s) of screen time (i.e., computer, TV, video game) during 5 weekdays and 2 weekend days; 7 days/wk. of PA 60 min/day: percentage of children who every day do physical activity that make the child breath hard for 60 min or more