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Table 6 Results of the hierarchical multiple linear regression; factors associated with eating habits score (n = 132)

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

  Step 1 Step 2
B Beta pvalue B Beta pvalue
≥ 22 years old 0.675 0.238 0.006 0.629 0.222 0.009
Mother working 0.344 0.096 0.264 0.283 0.079 0.349
Drinking alcohol 1.514 0.146 0.139 2.090 0.202 0.037
Exercise 0.619 0.145 0.083 0.546 0.128 0.121
Smoking 0.906 0.115 0.251 0.394 0.050 0.613
Eat because of feeling lonely     0.229 0.065 0.478
Eat because of feeling out of control when eating     0.544 0.149 0.096
Eat so much until stomach hurts     0.410 0.115 0.199
Eat because of feeling upset or nervous     0.093 0.026 0.778
Eat because of feeling happy     0.931 .258 0.009
  1. The reference group for age is ‘18-21 years’; for exercise is ‘no’; for all other variables is ‘yes’.