Table 1

Demographic characteristics of the sample
Variables Males (169) Female (321)
Age (y) 48.4 ± 15.6 48.1 ± 14.1
BMI (kg/m2)* 22.0 ± 3.5 23.7 ± 4.3
Area of Residence
·Urban 27.8 (47) 36.1 (116)
·Rural 60.4 (102) 57.6 (185)
·Estate 11.8 (20) 6.2 (20)
Ethnicity (%)
·Sinhalese 71.0 (120) 80.1(257)
·Moors 4.7 (8) 7.2(23)
·Sri Lankan Tamil 11.8 (20) 7.2(23)
·Indian Tamil 12.4 (21) 5.6(18)
Education level (%)
·No Schooling 6.5 (11) 6.5 (21)
·Upto 5 years 27.2 (46) 25.2(81)
·Upto 11 years 34.9(59) 40.5(130)
·Upto 13 years 27.2(46) 22.7(73)
·Graduate 4.1(7) 5.0(16)

Data are mean ± SD. Values in parenthesis are total number. *p < 0.05.

Jayawardena et al.

Jayawardena et al. Nutrition Journal 2012 11:63   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-11-63

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