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Table 4 COAST patient lifestyle characteristics compared to the Australian Health Survey (AHS)

From: Who consults chiropractors in Victoria, Australia?: Reasons for attending, general health and lifestyle habits of chiropractic patients

  Number % of patientsa 95 % confidence interval AHS %
BMI:     
Male (n = 1192) b,c,d     
 [missing] [33]    
 Underweight (<18.5) 3 0 (0,1) 1
 Normal (18.5–25) 340 29 (26,33) 29
 Overweight (25–30) 551 48 (45,50) 42
 Obese (>30) 265 23 (20,26) 28
Female (n = 1620) b,c,e     
 [missing] [86]    
 Underweight (<18.5) 32 2 (1,3) 2
 Normal (18.5–25) 692 45 (41,50) 42
 Overweight (25–30) 468 31 (28,33) 28
 Obese (>30) 342 22 (19,26) 28
Cigarette smoking (n = 1388)b,f     
[missing] [8]    
 Never smoked 787 57 (54,60) 51
 Used to smoke 405 29 (27,32) 31
 Now smoke 188 14 (12,16) 18
Alcohol Consumption n = (1388)b,g,h     
[missing] [59]    
 Meet guidelines 491 37 (33,41) 40
 Do not meet guidelines 359 27 (24,31) 20
 Do not drink 479 36 (33,39) 40
Health rating (n = 1442)i,j     
[missing] [0]    
 Excellent/very good 830 58 (53,62) 55
 Good 472 33 (29,36) 30
 Fair/poor 140 10 (8,12) 15
  1. aMissing data not used in percentage calculations
  2. bThose aged 18 or more
  3. cExcludes cases missing height and/or weight
  4. dAHS respondents were more likely to be underweight or obese than COAST patients, but were less likely to be overweight (χ 2 = 24.9, df = 3,p < 0.001)
  5. eAHS respondents were more likely to be obese than COAST patients (χ 2 = 19.3, df = 3,p = 0.001)
  6. fAHS respondents were less likely to have never smoked and more likely to currently smoke (χ 2 = 22.8, df = 2,p < 0.001)
  7. gStandard drinks in last 7 days
  8. hRisky alcohol consumption was significantly lower among AHS participants (χ 2 = 48.5, df = 2,p < 0.001)
  9. iThose aged 15 or more
  10. jAHS respondents were less likely to describe their health as Excellent/Very Good or Good and were more likely to describe their health as Fair/Poor (χ 2 = 26.0, df = 2, p < 0.001)