TABLE 2

Baseline Characteristics of Study Sample

CharacteristicsControl (n = 180)Intervention (n = 181)Total (N = 361)
Age, y12.7 ± 0.512.7 ± 0.512.7 ± 0.5
Born in Australia168 (93.3)174 (96.1)341 (94.7)
English language spoken at homea169 (94.4)175 (96.7)344 (95.6)
Cultural backgroundb
 Australian132 (73.7)145 (80.6)277 (77.2)
 European31 (17.3)22 (12.2)53 (14.8)
 African6 (3.4)1 (0.6)7 (1.9)
 Asian3 (1.7)4 (2.2)7 (1.9)
 Middle Eastern2 (1.1)0 2 (0.6)
 Other5 (2.8)8 (4.4)13 (3.6)
Socioeconomic positionc
 1–255 (30.9)49 (27.1)104 (29.0)
 3–481 (45.5)120 (66.3)201 (56.0)
 5–627 (15.2)4 (2.2)31 (8.6)
 7–88 (4.5)8 (4.4)16 (4.5)
 9–107 (3.9)0 7 (1.9)
Weight, kg53.1 ± 13.454.0 ± 15.053.5 ± 14.2
Height, cm160.2 ± 8.4160.9 ± 9.0160.5 ± 8.7
BMI 20.5 ± 4.120.5 ± 4.120.5 ± 4.1
Weight status
 Underweight5 (2.8)2 (1.1)7 (1.9)
 Healthy weight115 (63.9)110 (60.8)225 (62.3)
 Overweight38 (21.1)39 (21.5)77 (21.3)
 Obese22 (12.2)30 (16.6)52 (14.4)
Waist circumference, cm76.5 ± 12.376.2 ± 12.276.3 ± 12.2
  • Data are presented as mean ± SD or n (%).

  • a One participant did not report language spoken at home.

  • b Two participants did not report cultural background.

  • c Socioeconomic position determined according to population decile by using SEIFA of relative socioeconomic disadvantage based on residential postal code (1 = lowest, 10 = highest). Two participants did not report residential postal code.