Table 1

Socio -demographic characteristics of respondents (n = 132)
Characteristics N %
Gender
Male 39 29.5
Female 93 70.5
Age
18-21 51 38.6
≥ 22 81 61.4
Ethnicity
Malay 81 61.4
Chinese 3 2.3
Indian 42 31.8
Others 6 4.5
Mother’s education level
Non-formal education 23 17.4
High school or less 50 37.9
Tertiary education 59 44.7
Father’s education level
Non-formal education 20 15.2
High school or less 44 33.3
Tertiary education 68 51.5
Monthly household income (RM)
≤3000 78 59.1
3001-4999 22 16.7
≥5000 32 24.2
Living arrangement
Living alone 47 35.6
Living with family 85 64.4
Body Mass Index (BMI)*
Underweight (< 18.5) 30 22.7
Normal (18.5 – 22.9) 70 53.0
Pre-obese (23.0-27.4) 22 16.7
Obese class I (27.5-34.9) 10 7.6
Mother working
Yes 56 42.4
Smoking
Yes 7 5.3
Alcohol
Yes 4 3.0
Regular exercise
Yes 103 78

* BMI is calculated based on WHO criteria for Asian population.

Ganasegeran et al.

Ganasegeran et al. Nutrition Journal 2012 11:48   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-11-48

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