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Table 1 Socio -demographic characteristics of respondents (n = 132)

From: Social and psychological factors affecting eating habits among university students in a Malaysian medical school: a cross-sectional study

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