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Table 1 Self-reported vegetarian status at baseline of members of the NLCS-Meat Investigation Cohort (NLCS-MIC) by meat consumption status a

From: The Netherlands Cohort Study – Meat Investigation Cohort; a population-based cohort over-represented with vegetarians, pescetarians and low meat consumers

   All confirmed vegetarians and low meat consumers from the total NLCS cohort Random sample of meat consumers from the total NLCS cohortb   
   Vegetarians Pescetarians 1 day/wk 2–5 day/wk 6–7 day/wk Remainderc Total
Men Self-reported vegetarians 194 (47%)d 96 (23%) 71(17%) 5 (1%) 1 (0.3%) 49 (12%) 416
  Non self-reported vegetarians 23 (0.5%) 56 (1%) 411 (9%) 1321 (28%) 2972 (62%) N/A  
  Total 217 152 482 1326 2973 49  
Women Self-reported vegetarians 380 (52%) 151 (21%) 132 (18%) 7 (1%) 4 (0.6%) 60 (8%) 734
  Non self-reported vegetarians 105 (2%) 91 (2%) 782 (15%) 1632 (31%) 2672 (51%) N/A  
  Total 485 242 914 1639 2676 60  
Total   702 394 1396 2965 5649 109  
  1. aExcluding prevalent cancer cases at baseline.
  2. bSampling rate is 8.3%.
  3. cSelf-reported vegetarians eating meat >1 day/wk and outside random sample (see also step 6 Additional file 1: Figure S1).
  4. dPercentage of self-reported vegetarians, all such values.