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Table 8 Odds ratios and 95% CIs for effect of NEET status on BMIa

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

Variable All NEETs Included Economically Inactive NEETs Excluded
OR (95% CI) OR (95% CI)
UNIVARIATEb
NEET
 No 1.00** 1.00**
 Yes 1.57 (1.33–1.84) 1.62 (1.23–1.88)
FULLY ADJUSTEDb
NEET
 No 1.00** 1.00*
 Yes 1.36 (1.15–1.61) 1.34 (1.07–1.68)
Age 1.05** (1.03–1.09) 1.07** (1.03–1.10)
Ethnicity
 White UK & Irish   1.00*
 Other (incl. gypsy/traveller)   0.81 (0.68–0.98)
Marital status
 Married/cohabiting 1.29 (1.09–1.53) 1.22 (1.01–1.48)
 Other (incl. single/separated/divorced) 1.00* 1.00*
Top academic qualification
 Degree or higher   1.00*
 HNC/D or equiv (higher education below degree)   1.31 (0.99–1.74)
 Higher/A-level or equiv (upper school qualification)   1.17 (0.93–1.46)
 Standard grade/O-level or equiv (lower school qualification)   1.42 (1.11–1.81)
 Foreign or other qualification   1.56 (1.04–2.31)
 No educational qualification   1.54 (1.11–2.14)
NSSEC
 Managerial & professional   1.00*
 Intermediate   1.03 (0.97–1.33)
 Routine & manual   0.80 (0.64–1.00)
 Other or never worked/long-term unemployed   0.94 (0.71–1.24)
Self-assessed general health
 Very good/good 1.00** 1.00**
 Fair/bad/very bad 1.51 (1.24–1.82) 1.56 (1.26–1.93)
  1. *p < 0.05
  2. **p < 0.001
  3. aThe outcome is 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)
  4. bUnivariate refers to the model containing NEET status only and fully adjusted is the model containing all significant socio-demographic and health-related characteristics
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