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Table 3 Proportion of children by BMI category1 at 4.5 years and by eating behaviour

From: Problem eating behaviors related to social factors and body weight in preschool children: A longitudinal study

Behaviour Category Underweight (< 10 th percentile) Normal weight (10–84.9 th percentile) At risk for overweight (85–94.9 th percentile) Overweight (> = 95 th percentile)
Total   15.2 64.4 11.3 9.0
Picky eaters Never reported as picky eater 13.2* 64.0 12.9* 9.9
  Reported as picky eater once or twice 18.3 67.3 7.6 6.9
  Reported as picky eater at all three ages 26.8 57.6 7.9 7.7
Overeaters Never reported as overeater 18.2* 68.5 8.4* 4.9*
  Reported as overeater once or twice 11.3 60.1 15.5 13.1
  Reported as overeater at all three ages 6.8 47.9 18.3 27.1
  1. 1 Percentiles from the BMI on the CDC USA Growth curves (age & sex specific curves)
  2. * Statistically significant association between the characteristic and the dependant variable (p-value (chi-square) < = 0.05)