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Table 1 Characteristics of Wellbeing Eating and Exercise for a Long Life study participantsa

From: Education and lifestyle predict change in dietary patterns and diet quality of adults 55 years and over

Participant characteristicsMen (n = 1005)Women (n = 1106)P-Value
Mean age (SD) years60 (3.0)60 (3.1)0.595
Education (%)
 No formal qualifications and up to year 102936< 0.001
 Year 12, trade/apprenticeship or certificate/diploma3932 
 University degree and higher3232 
Retired (%)
 Retired3345< 0.001
 Not retired6755 
Relationship status (%)
 Living as married8577< 0.001
 Separated, divorced or widowed1019 
 Never married54 
Weight loss intentions (%)
 Not trying anything for my weight4834< 0.001
 Trying to avoid gaining weight2632 
 Trying to lose weight2634 
BMI category (%)
 Healthy (BMI ≥ 18.5 to < 25 kg/m2)3146< 0.001
 Overweight (BMI ≥ 25 to < 30 kg/m2)4732 
 Obese (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2)2222 
Smoking status (%)
 Never smoked4658< 0.001
 Former smoker4334 
 Current smoker118 
Meeting physical activity guidelines (%)
Diagnosis of CM-related condition (%)
 No CM-related conditions38440.013
 Diagnosed with one or more prior to 20104945 
 Newly diagnosed with one or more within 2010–20141311 
  1. Abbreviations: SD Standard Deviation, BMI Body Mass Indexm, CM cardiometabolic
  2. a Baseline (2010) characteristics unless otherwise indicated
  3. b P value for difference between gender, P < 0.05 is considered significant