Table 1

Socio-economic and lifestyle-related factors, and nutrient intakes of preschoolers in the Flanders preschool dietary survey

Characteristic

Total

Boys (n = 338)

Girls (n = 323)

n (%)


Age (n = 661)

2.5-4 y

197 (29.8)

102 (30.2)

95 (29.4)

4-6.5 y

464 (70.2)

236 (69.8)

228 (70.6)

Socio-economic factors

Family situation (n = 659)

Two-parents family

632 (95.9)

323 (96.1)

309 (95.7)

One-parent family

23 (3.5)

11 (3.3)

12 (3.7)

Special situation

4 (0.6)

2 (0.6)

2 (0.6)

Maternal level of education (n = 655)

Lower secondary

26 (4.0)

9 (2.7)

17 (5.3)

Secondary

250 (38.2)

127 (38.1)

123 (38.2)

Higher

379 (57.9)

197 (59.2)

182 (56.5)

Paternal level of education (n = 637)

Lower secondary

49 (7.7)

25 (7.7)

24 (7.7)

Secondary

279 (43.8)

146 (45.1)

133 (42.5)

Higher

309 (48.5)

153 (47.2)

156 (49.8)

Parental employment (n = 634)

Both parents employed

439 (69.2)

214 (66.0)

225 (72.6)

One parent employed

157 (24.8)

88 (27.2)

69 (22.3)

Both parents unemployed

38 (6.0)

22 (6.8)

16 (5.2)

Lifestyle

Preschooler's level of physical activity (n = 652)

Low

246 (37.7)

112 (33.4)

134 (42.3)

Moderate

303 (46.5)

163 (48.7)

140 (44.2)

High

103 (15.8)

60 (17.9)

43 (13.6)

Parental smoking status

Smoking mother (n = 659)

98 (14.9)

54 (8.2)

44 (6.7)

Smoking father (n = 643)

160 (24.9)

82 (12.7)

78 (12.1)


Lin et al. Nutrition Journal 2011 10:97   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-10-97

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