Table 1

Description of parent-reported child weight change during the COVID-19 pandemic by demographic characteristics (n=9667)

TotalLost more weight than expectedHealthy growth or no weight changeGained more weight than expected
n=9667n=529n=7185n=1953
n (column %)n (row %)n (row %)n (row %)
Overall
Child gender9628
 Female4615 (48)265 (5.7)3411 (73.9)939 (20.4)
 Male4947 (51)253 (5.1)3707 (74.9)987 (20.0)
 Other*66 (1)9 (13.6)37 (56.1)20 (30.3)
Parent gender9638
 Female8375 (87)411 (4.9)6317 (75.4)1647 (19.7)
 Male1220 (13)108 (8.9)823 (67.5)289 (23.7)
 Other†43 (0)10 (23.3)21 (48.8)12 (27.9)
Child age (years)9575
 0–53199 (33)118 (3.7)2843 (88.9)238 (7.4)
 6–124208 (44)156 (3.7)2957 (70.3)1095 (26.0)
 13–172168 (23)241 (11.1)1340 (61.8)587 (27.1)
Parent ethnicity9395
 European or North American7662 (82)383 (5.0)5834 (76.1)1445 (18.9)
 East, Southeast and South Asian541 (6)36 (6.7)375 (69.3)130 (24.0)
 African or Caribbean249 (3)24 (9.6)140 (56.2)85 (34.1)
 All other‡943 (10)75 (8.0)632 (67.0)236 (25.0)
Parent education9588
 High school or less969 (10)69 (7.1)655 (67.6)245 (25.3)
 Trade, college or university certificate3474 (36)234 (6.7)2440 (70.2)800 (23.0)
 Bachelor’s degree or higher5145 (54)220 (4.3)4034 (78.4)891 (17.3)
Parent weight8672
 Loss1483 (17)142 (9.6)1064 (71.7)277 (18.7)
 No change2213 (26)98 (4.4)1830 (82.7)285 (12.9)
 Gain4976 (57)246 (4.9)3526 (70.9)1204 (24.2)
  • *Other category includes transgender and ‘other’.

  • †Other category includes trans man, trans woman, gender queer/non-binary and ‘other’.

  • ‡All other category includes Latin, Central and South American; Middle Eastern; Oceanic; First Nations; Inuit; Metis; and ‘Other’.