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Table 1 Descriptive statistics of variables among respondents divided into use and no use of dietary supplements supporting weight reduction (DSSWR), and differences between use of DSSWR and independent variables

From: Consumption of dietary supplements to support weight reduction in adults according to sociodemographic background, body mass index, waist-hip ratio, body fat and physical activity

Variables All subjects Use of DSSWR p value
Yes No
n % n % n %
Sex
 Women 628 55.5 513 65.4 114 33.1 < 0.001
 Men 502 44.5 272 34.6 230 66.9
Age category
 18–35 years old 422 37.4 319 40.6 103 29.9 < 0.001
 36–60 years old 477 42.2 338 43.1 138 40.2
 Older than 60 years 231 20.4 128 16.3 103 29.9
Marital status
 Married 637 57.5 429 55.9 208 61.2 0.103
 Unmarried 471 42.5 338 44.1 132 38.8
Education
 Higher 263 23.4 228 29.2 34 10.0 < 0.001
 Secondary 345 30.8 259 33.2 86 25.3
 Vocational 452 40.3 268 34.3 184 54.1
 Primary 62 5.5 26 3.3 36 10.6
Financial status
 “Good” 687 61.3 536 68.6 151 44.5 < 0.001
 “Hard to say” 275 24.6 206 26.4 69 20.4
 “Poor” 158 14.1 39 5.0 119 35.1
BMI status
 Underweight 54 4.8 47 6.0 7 2.0 0.007
 Normal 478 42.3 338 43.1 140 40.7
 Overweight 597 52.9 399 50.9 197 57.3
WHR status
 Normal 967 86.4 677 86.9 289 85.3 0.458
 Abdominal obesity 152 13.6 102 13.1 50 14.7
%BF
 Normal 512 45.5 389 49.9 123 35.8 < 0.001
 Above 613 54.5 391 50.1 221 64.2
PA level
 High 293 25.9 238 30.3 54 15.7 < 0.001
 Moderate 432 38.2 306 39.0 126 36.6
 Low 405 35.9 241 30.7 164 47.7
 Total   100 785 69.5 344 30.5