Table 2

Characteristics associated with fast food use categorised by frequency of fast food consumption

Everyday4–6 times per week2–3 times per weekOnce a weekLess than once a weekSignificance
Gender (%)
 Male11124025120.15
 Female8.26.828.834.221.9
Age12.5 (12–14)13 (11–14)13 (11–14)12 (11–14)13 (12–14)0.51
BMI17.8 (14–23)18.3 (15–22)19.6 (15–34)20.3 (14–36)21.4 (17–29)0.01
BMI for age–gender percentile41 (1–96)55 (8–85)62.5 (3–100)76 (1–100)74.5 (27–100)0.15
Entitlement to free school meals (%)
 Yes9.67.835.727.819.10.74
 No9.414.132.828.115.6
Ethnicity (%)
 White5.3034.234.226.3
 Asian12.611.529.926.419.50.28*
 Black/African–Carribeans8.614.345.725.75.7
 Others515353015
Level of physical activity (%)
 During weekdays
  <2 h53.352.939.340.835.50.68
  2–5 h26.717.641.142.938.7
  >5 h20.029.419.616.325.8
 During weekends
  <2 h50.053.335.741.325.00.30*
  2–5 h21.46.733.930.446.9
  >5 h28.64030.428.328.1
Choice of portion of chips
 % Of children choosing large portion19.614.328.621.416.10.017
 % Of children choosing small portion5.86.736.732.518.3
First choice of beverage
 % Of children choosing fizzy sweetened44.488.97368.651.50.007
 % Of children choosing not sweetened55.611.12731.448.5
  • * The χ2 test result is not valid here because more than 20% of the squares have expected value less than 5 counts. Figures in parentheses denote the IQR.

  • BMI, body mass index.