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Table 3 Frequencies (column %) of participation in unhealthy behaviours by NEET status

From: Cancer-related health behaviours of young people not in education, employment or training (‘NEET’): a cross-sectional study

Outcome All NEETs Included Economically Inactive NEETs Excluded Total (%)
NEET (%) non-NEET (%) NEET (%) non-NEET (%) All NEETs Included Economically Inactive NEETs Excluded
Current smoker 297 (46) 684 (27) 146 (46) 684 (27) 981 (30) 830 (29)
Heavy drinkera 128 (20) 656 (25) 75 (24) 656 (25) 784 (24) 731 (25)
No participation in sport 330 (46) 1003 (29) 143 (38) 1003 (29) 1333 (32) 1146 (30)
Less than 5 portions fruit/vegetablesb 579 (81) 2652 (76) 307 (82) 2652 (76) 3231 (77) 2959 (77)
Unhealthy BMIc 387 (54) 1498 (43) 199 (53) 1498 (43) 1885 (45) 1697 (44)
  1. aHeavy drinking refers to consuming >14 units of alcohol per week for females and >21 units for males bRefers to whether the respondent reported eating less than 5 portions of fruit or vegetables the day before survey interview (yes/no)
  2. cRefers to whether the respondent was defined as having an unhealthy BMI (yes/no). Unhealthy BMI refers to being ‘underweight’ (BMI <18.5 kg/m2); ‘overweight’ (BMI 25–29.99 kg/m2) or ‘obese’ (BMI > =30 kg/m2)
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