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Table 2 Association of socio-demographic factors and body mass index (BMI) among the respondents (n = 891)

From: The prevalence and factors associated with obesity among adult women in Selangor, Malaysia

Profile of the respondents Obese BMI ≥ 30 n(%) Non-Obese BMI < 30 n(%) p value OR 95% CI
Age      
20–49 years 112(15.3) 621(84.7) 0.013* 0.65 0.47–0.91
50–59 years 37(23.4) 121(76.6)    
Race      
Malay 95(19.4) 394(80.6) 0.001*   
Chinese 11(6.2) 166 (93.8)    
Indian 40(19.0) 170(81.0)    
Others 3(20.0) 12(80.0)    
Religion      
Muslim 97(19.4) 404(80.6) 0.002*   
Buddhist 8(5.3) 142(94.7)    
Christian 7(17.5) 33(82.5)    
Hindu 36(18.3) 161(81.7)    
Others 1(33.3) 2(61.7)    
School      
Yes 134(16.0) 704(84.0) 0.020* 0.57 0.36–0.89
No 15(28.3) 38(71.7)    
Education level      
Formal education 134(16.0) 705(84.0) 0.016* 0.55 0.35–0.87
No formal education 15(28.8) 37(71.2)    
Occupation      
Yes 54(15.1) 303(84.9) 0.296 0.85 0.63–1.16
No 95(17.8) 439(82.2)    
Total family income      
< RM 500 108(17.9) 497(82.1) 0.189 1.25 0.89–1.73
≥ RM 500 41(14.3) 245(85.7)    
Marital Status      
Yes 139(18.6) 607(81.4) 0.001* 2.70 1.50–5.01
No 10(6.9) 135(93.1)    
  1. * p < 0.05 = significant