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Table 1 Gender distribution of dietary characteristics of a randomly selected sample of students at two universities in Bamenda, North West Region of Cameroon (N = 906)

From: A cross sectional analysis of eating habits and weight status of university students in urban Cameroon

Variables Males Females
N = 434 N = 472
n % n %
Body mass index
 Underweight 13 3.0 17 3.6
 Healthy weight 315 72.6 307 65.0
 Overweight/obese 106 24.4 148 31.4
Smoking status
 Non smoker 393 90.5 461 97.7
 Current smoker 25 5.8 11 2.3
 Ex-smoker 16 3.7 0 0.0
Alcohol intake
 Never 116 26.7 164 34.7
 Rarely 231 53.2 273 57.8
 Two or more times a week 87 20.1 35 7.4
Dietary regimen
 Yes 30 6.9 42 8.9
 No 404 93.1 430 91.1
Chronic disease
 Yes 28 6.5 26 5.5
 No 406 93.5 446 94.5
Eating at the university
 Three or more times a week 154 35.5 150 32.2
 One to two times a week 170 39.2 236 50.0
 Never 110 25.3 84 17.8
Meals per day
 One 36 8.3 22 4.7
 Two 217 50.0 275 58.3
 Three 167 38.5 149 31.6
 Greater than three 14 3.2 26 5.5
Purchase of food
 Ready-prepared meals 94 21.7 24 5.1
 Raw food and self-cooked 340 78.3 448 94.9