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Table 2 Comparison of characteristics of food secure and insecure adolescents in food-secure households

From: Adolescent food insecurity in rural Sindh, Pakistan: a cross-sectional survey

VariablesFood secure adolescents
N = 337
N (%)
Mean ± SD
Food insecure adolescents
N = 142
N (%)
Mean ± SD
P-value
Age of the adolescent14.0 ± 2.713.2 ± 2.8< 0.01
Father’s years of schooling
 No schooling143 (42.4)54 (38.0)0.21
  < 10 years70 (20.8)40 (28.2) 
  ≥ 10 years124 (36.8)48 (33.8) 
Mother’s years of schooling
 Illiterate265 (78.6)123 (86.6)0.04
 Literate72 (21.4)19 (13.4) 
Wealth tertiles
 Low77 (22.8)42 (29.6)0.29
 Middle101 (30.0)40 (28.2) 
 high159 (47.2)60 (42.3) 
 Total number of siblings5.1 ± 2.35.3 ± 2.10.43
Gender  < 0.01
 Male72 (21.4)132 (93.0) 
 Female265 (78.6)10 (7.0) 
  1. Chi-square test was used to compare the characteristics