Table 1

Characteristics of participants in each focus group

nSexAge (years)BMI (kg/m2)Overweight* Eat at canteen≥3 times/weekIndividual annual income ≥90 000 RMB (~US$13 560)
Site A (urban)
 Nurses10Female36.9 (5.5)20.8 (1.1)0% (0)90% (9)30% (3)
 Physicians and other healthcare personnel†10Female37.8 (4.4)21.5 (1.6)10% (1)70% (7)90% (9)
 Physicians and other healthcare personnel†10Male34.3 (6.1)23.7 (3.0)50% (5)100% (10)60% (6)
Site B (rural)
 Nurses8Female40.4 (8.7)21.5 (2.5)25% (2)75% (6)70% (7)
 Physicians and other healthcare personnel†8Female41.3 (8.0)22.9 (2.4)25% (2)13% (1)100% (8)
 Physicians and other healthcare personnel†9Male44.4 (10.9)25.4 (2.3)78% (7)67% (6)89% (8)
  • Values are mean (SD) or per cent (n).

  • *Overweight defined as BMI ≥24 kg/m2, according to the Chinese government guideline.8

  • †Other healthcare personnel were primarily pharmacists.

  • BMI, body mass index.