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Table 1 Baseline demographic and anthropometric characteristics all children participating in at least 1 session, attending ≥75 % (completers) and <75 % (non-completers) of the program, 2009-2012

From: Translational research: are community-based child obesity treatment programs scalable?

  Program attendance  
Characteristics All participants Completers Non-completers P-value*
n 2,812 1,520 (54.1 %) 1,292(46.0 %)  
Mean sessions attended (n; SD) 12.9 (5.9) 17.5 (1.8) 7.6 (4.3)  
Girls (%) 54.2 56.5 51.5 .008
Boys (%) 45.8 43.5 48.5  
Age (years; mean (SD)) 10.1 (2.0) 10.1 (1.8) 10.1 (2.1) .383
Weight status (%)     
Overweight 28.2 28.3 28.1 .909
Obese 71.8 71.7 71.9  
BMI z-score (mean [SD]) 2.08 (0.41) 2.07 (.40) 2.09 (.42) .139
WtHtr ≥ 0.5 (%) 93.8 94.5 92.8 .064
Aboriginality (%)     
Non Aboriginal 94.6 95.9 93.1 .001
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander 5.4 4.1 6.9  
Residence (ARIA+) (%)     
Major city 63.1 61.7 64.7 .104
Other 36.9 38.3 35.3  
Socio-economic status (SEIFA index) (%)   
1st-2nd quintile (most advantaged) 22.4 25.3 18.8 <0.001
3rd-5th quintile (most disadvantaged) 77.7 74.7 81.2  
  1. ARIA+ Accessibility Remoteness Index of Australia Plus, BMI body mass index, SD standard deviation, SEIFA Socio-Economic Index for Areas, WtHtr waist-to-height ratio
  2. *P-value difference between completers and non-completers