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Table 1 Demographics and student characteristics (Means ± SD)

From: Assessment of college students’ awareness and knowledge about conditions relevant to metabolic syndrome

Variables Females Males Total
Number of students N =174 N =69 N =243
Age (Years) 20.4 ± 1.7* 21.3 ± 2.4* 20.6 ± 2.0
Weight (Kg) 64.1 ± 12.7* 84.2 ± 17.0* 69.8 ± 16.7
Height (cm) 162.9 ± 6.6* 176.0 ± 6.7* 166.8 ± 9.1
BMI (kg/m 2 ) 23.4 ± 3.9* 26.1 ± 4.9* 24.2 ± 4.4
Body fat (%) 26.8 ± 6.9* 16.6 ± 8.1* 23.9 ± 8.6
Visceral fat score 1.9 ± 1.8* 3.7 ± 4.2* 2.4 ± 2.8
Waist circumference (cm) 81.0 ± 9.7* 91.2 ± 11.0* 83.6 ± 11.0
Major of study (%)    
Health science** 58%* 36%* 51%
Non-health science 42%* 64%* 49%
Year in school (%)    
1st-year undergraduate 14% 15% 15%
2nd-year undergraduate 27% 21% 25%
3rd-year undergraduate 27% 25% 27%
4th-year undergraduate 19% 19% 19%
5th-year undergraduate 13% 19% 15%
Ethnicity (%)    
White (Hispanic & Non-hispanic) 91% 86% 89%
Black (Hispanic & Non-hispanic) 9% 10% 10%
Other 0% 4% 1%
Family history of chronic disease (%)***    
Heart Disease 10%* 20%* 13%
Diabetes 23% 25% 23%
Hypertension 39% 41% 41%
Cancer 12% 61% 26%
Others**** 44%* 21%* 38%
Smoking habit (%)    
Non- smoker 93%* 80%* 89%
Current smoker 3.5% 12% 6%
Former smoker 3.5% 9% 5%
  1. *p < 0.05 (between male and female students).
  2. **Health Science majors include: Exercise Science, Health Administration; Health Fitness in Preventive and Rehabilitative Programs, Public Health Education and Health Promotion, School Health Education, Exercise Science, Personal and Community Health, Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, Intervention and Treatment.
  3. ***Total% exceeds 100% due to students with a family history of more than one condition.
  4. ****Other - includes the “other” family history questions in the data such as family history of overweight, obesity, and high cholesterol.