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Table 1 Focus group participant demographic and health characteristics

From: Development of the Weight-Related Sign and Symptom Measure

Demographic characteristics Totals (n = 61)
Age, average (range) 51.5 (27–73)
Gender, n (%)
 Female 32 (52.5)
 Male 29 (47.5)
Race/ethnicity, n (%)
 Asian 8 (13.1)
 Black/African American 11 (18.0)
 Hispanic/Chicano/Latino 10 (16.4)
 “White”/Caucasian 30 (49.2)
 Other / Prefer not to answer 2 (3.3)
Household Income, n (%)
 Less than $25,000 8 (13.1)
 $25,000–$49,999 12 (19.7)
 $50,000–$74,999 12 (19.7)
 $75,000–$99,999 15 (24.6)
 $100,000–$149,999 9 (14.8)
 $150,000 or more 5 (8.2)
BMI Focus Group Participants, n (%)
 Overweight (27.0–29.9) 16 (26.2)
 Obese Class I (30.0–34.9) 16 (26.2)
 Obese Class II (35.0–39.9) 13 (21.3)
 Obese Class III (≥ 40) 16 (26.2)
Told by doctor have weight problem, n (%) 52 (85.2)
Duration (years) of having obesity, average (range) 17.5 (1–44)
Self-Reported Other health conditionsa, n (%)
 Asthma 8 (14.0)
 Cardiovascular disease 5 (8.8)
 Chronic back pain 13 (22.8)
 Depression 3 (5.3)
 Diabetes (type 2 diabetes) 20 (35.1)
 Dyslipidemia 15 (26.3)
 Gallstones or gall bladder disease 6 (10.5)
 Gynecological problems 3 (5.3)
 Hypertension 32 (56.1)
 Infertility 3 (5.3)
 Metabolic syndrome 2 (3.5)
 Obesity 28 (49.1)
 Osteoarthritis 11 (19.3)
 Reflux diseases 14 (24.6)
 Sleep apnea 19 (33.3)
 Stomach and intestinal problems 5 (8.8)
 Stroke 1 (1.8)
 Other 12 (21.1)
  1. an = 57 since four people declined to answer