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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of the primary school students and their parents, Meket Woreda, April 2015 (n = 1091)

From: The relationship between school meals with thinness and stunting among primary school students, in Meket Wereda, Ethiopia: comparing schools with feeding and non-feeding program

Variables SFP schools = 718 Non SFP schools = 373 P-value
Age in years
 10–12 476 (66.3) 174 (46.7) 0.001
 13–14 200 (27.9) 153 (41.0)  
  > 15 42 (5.8) 46 (12.3)  
Sex
 Male 364 (50.7) 176 (47.2) 0.30
 Female 354 (49.3) 197 (52.8)  
Religion
 Orthodox 686 (95.5) 369 (98.9) 0.005
 Muslim 32 (4.5) 4 (1.1)  
Ethnicity
 Amhara 700 (97.5) 370 (99.2) 0.87
 Agew 18 (2.5) 3 (0.8)  
Mother’s Education
 Have no formal education 636 (88.6) 343 (92.0) 0.10
 Have formal education 82 (11.4) 30 (8.0)  
Father’s Education
 Have no formal education 626 (87.2) 241 (64.6) 0.001
 Have formal education 92 (12.8) 132 (35.4)  
Mother’s occupation
 Housewife 640 (89.1) 266 (71.3) 0.001
 Daily laborer 38 (5.3) 6 (1.6)  
 Petty trader 40 (5.6) 101 (27.1)  
Father’s occupation
 Farmer 578 (80.5) 336 (90.1) 0.001
 Petty trader 94 (13.1) 30 (8.0)  
 Daily laborer 46 (6.4) 7 (1.9)  
Marital status of their mothers
 Married 638 (88.9) 333 (89.3) 0.96
 Divorced 72 (10.0) 30 (8.0)  
 Never married 8 (1.1) 10 (2.7)  
Currently living with
 Both biological parents 582 (81.1) 301 (80.7) 0.65
 Their mothers 84 (11.7) 49 (13.1)  
 Their grand parents 52 (7.2) 23 (6.2)  
Residence
 Urban 72 (10.0) 31 (8.3) 0.417
 Rural 646 (90.0) 342 (91.7)  
Family size
  < 5 250 (34.8) 84 (22.5) 0.001
 5–6 320 (44.6) 215 (57.6)  
  > 6 148 (20.6) 74 (19.9)  
Possession of Television
 Yes 90 (12.5) 8 (2.1) < 0.001
 No 628 (87.5) 365 (97.9)  
Possession of Radio
 Yes 136 (18.9) 31 (8.3) < 0.001
 No 582 (81.1) 342 (91.7)  
  1. Have no formal education = respondents who did not attained any schooling, have formal education = respondent attained primary and above education, Petty trader = were respondents who sell goods on the street.