Table 2

Description of parent-reported weight change during the COVID-19 pandemic by demographic characteristics (n=9099)*

Total
n=9099
Lost weight
n=1552
No change
n=2296
Gained weight
n=5251
n (column %)n (row %)n (row %)n (row %)
Parent gender9067
 Female7849 (87)1302 (16.6)1854 (23.6)4693 (59.8)
 Male1180 (13)232 (19.7)418 (35.4)530 (44.9)
 Other†38 (0)12 (31.6)9 (23.7)17 (44.7)
Parent age (years)8398
 18–251013 (12)167 (16.5)224 (22.1)622 (61.4)
 26–352441 (29)487 (20.0)611 (25.0)1343 (55.0)
 36–453596 (43)579 (16.1)931 (25.9)2086 (58.0)
 46+1348 (16)189 (14.0)372 (27.6)787 (58.4)
Parent ethnicity8842
 European or North American7241 (82)1226 (16.9)1792 (24.8)4223 (58.3)
 East, Southeast and South Asian506 (6)78 (15.4)158 (31.2)270 (53.4)
 African or Caribbean213 (2)40 (18.8)49 (23.0)124 (58.2)
 All other‡882 (10)163 (18.5)237 (26.9)482 (54.7)
Parent education9030
 High school or less916 (10)172 (18.8)200 (21.8)544 (59.4)
 Trade, college or university certificate3248 (36)593 (18.3)748 (23.0)1907 (58.7)
 Bachelor’s degree or higher4866 (54)773 (15.9)1326 (27.2)2767 (56.9)
  • *A total of 230 parents were excluded because they indicated they were currently pregnant.

  • †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’.