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Table 2 Weight status distribution according to school level by sex

From: The role of weight status, gender and self-esteem in following a diet among middle-school children in Sicily (Italy)

  Girls
(n = 765)
  Boys
(n = 780)
  Tot. Pop.
(n = 1545)
  No. %   No. %   No. %
School level 1 st 222 29.0   269 34.5   491 31.8
Underweight 14 6.3   16 5.9   30 6.1
Average weight 90 40.5   82 30.5   172 35.0
Overweight 25 11.3 12.7↓ 33 12.3 19.0 58 11.8
Obese 3 1.4   18 6.7   21 4.3
Missing values 90 40.5   120 44.6   210 42.8
School level 2 nd 258 33.7   234 30.0   492 31.8
Underweight 18 7.0   20 8.5   38 7.7
Average weight 147 57.0   97 41.5   244 49.6
Overweight 24 9.3 11.2↓ 42 17.9 20.5 66 13.4
Obese 5 1.9   6 2.6   11 2.2
Missing values 64 24.8   69 29.5   133 27.0
School level 3 rd 285 37.3   277 35.5   562 36.4
Underweight 21 7.4   13 4.7   34 6.0
Average weight 161 56.5   121 43.7   282 50.2
Overweight 22 7.7 8.4↓ 48 17.3 20.9 70 12.5
Obese 2 0.7   10 3.6   12 2.1
Missing values 79 27.7   85 30.7   164 29.2
  1. This table shows the BMI trend with the school level.
  2. Percentages in the 3rd column sum up the overweight and obese categories. The arrows are for the decreasing trend of these percentages.