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Table 1 Characteristics of the overweight and obese adult study population, of the “Gezondheidsmonitor 2012” (n = 4220)

From: Predictors of need for help with weight loss among overweight and obese men and women in the Netherlands: a cross-sectional study

Variables Categories Men (n = 2218) Women (n = 2002) Total (n = 4220)
Need for help for weight loss, n (%) Yes (certainly, maybe) 421 (19.0) 631 (31,5) 1055 (24.9)
I already receive help 100 (4.5) 170 (8.5) 270 (6.4)
No need for help 1697 (76.5) 1201 (60.0) 2898 (68.7)
Predisposing characteristics
 Age, mean (SD)   49.0 (11.0) 47.7 (11.6) 48.4 (11.3)
 Age category, n (%) 19–34 years 280 (12.6) 311 (15.5) 591 (14.0)
35–49 years 743 (33.5) 674 (33.7) 1417 (33.6)
50–64 years 1195 (53.9) 1017 (50.8) 2212 (52.4)
 Ethnicity, n (%) Native Dutch 1917 (86.4) 1681 (84.0) 3598 (85.3)
Western 176 (7.9) 184 (9.2) 360 (8.5)
Non-western 125 (5.6) 137 (6.8) 262 (6.2)
 Marital status, n (%) Married/ cohabiting 1789 (80.6) 1548 (77.3) 3337 (79.1)
Unmarried 256 (11.6) 210 (10.5) 466 (11.0)
Divorced 143 (6.4) 179 (8.9) 322 (7.6)
Widowed 30 (1.4) 65 (3.3) 95 (2.3)
 Educational level, n (%) Low (primary, lower vocational) 91 (4.1) 108 (5.4) 199 (4.7)
Medium (secondary, secondary vocational) 1398 (63.0) 1352 (67.5) 2750 (65.2)
High (≥ bachelor’s degree) 729 (32.9) 542 (27.1) 1271 (30.1)
Health- and weight-related factors
 Perceived health, n (%) Poor (fair, bad and very bad) 449 (20.2) 463 (23.1) 912 (21.6)
 Body Mass Index, mean (SD)   28.1 (2.9) 28.9 (3.7) 28.5 (3.3)
 Weight status, n (%) Overweight (25 ≤ BMI < 30) 1778 (80.2) 1419 (70.9) 3197 (75.8)
Obese (BMI ≥ 30) 440 (19.8) 583 (29.1) 1023 (24.2)
 Comorbiditiesb, n (%) ≥ 1 weight-related chronic condition 1106 (49.9) 1105 (55.2) 2211 (52.4)
 Physical activity level (PA)a, n (%) Non-active (meeting PA norm 0 days/week) 134 (6.0) 119 (5.9) 253 (6.0)
Semi-active (meeting PA norm 1–4 days/week) 722 (32.6) 615 (30.7) 1337 (31.7)
Norm active (meeting PA norm ≥5 days/week) 1362 (61.4) 1268 (63.4) 2630 (62.3)
Enabling resources
 Income, n (%) Low (≤€15,200–€19,400) 343 (15.5) 429 (21.4) 772 (18.3)
Middle (€19,401–€31,000) 1041 (46.9) 958 (47.9) 1999 (47.4)
High (>€31,000) 834 (37.6) 615 (30.7) 1449 (34.3)
  1. aPhysical activity level based on the Dutch norm for sufficient physical activity: ≥5 days/week 30 min moderately intense physical activity
  2. bComorbidities include: cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, asthma/COPD, gastrointestinal diseases, osteoarthritis, and back conditions