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Table 1 Sociodemographic, health & medical characteristics of subjects.

From: Food intakes and preferences of hospitalised geriatric patients

Characteristics Male (n = 54) Female (n = 66) Total (n = 120)
  n % n % n %
Demographic & socioeconomic:       
   widowed 4 7.4 33* 50.0 37 30.8
   no schooling 2 3.7 34* 51.5 36 30.0
   unemployed with no pensions 15 27.8 61* 92.4 76 63.3
Medical:       
   multiple pathology (≥ 3 diagnosis) 22 40.7 27 40.9 49 40.8
   therapeutic diet 26 48.3 40 60.6 66 54.9
Health:       
   visual problem 43 79.6 56 84.8 99 82.5
   loss of appetite 39 72.2 37 56.1 76 63.3
   Wearing denture 16 29.3 35* 53.0 51 42.5
   smoker or ex-smoker 34 62.9 6* 9.1 40 33.3
   food beliefs 44 81.5 60 90.9 104 86.7
   self- perceived poor health 29 53.8 28 42.4 57 47.5
   chronic energy deficiency (BMI < 18.5) 10 18.5 11 16.7 21 17.5
   overweight (BMI ≥ 25.0) 11 20.4 23 34.8 34 28.3
  1. *p < 0.05 (Chi-squared test); BMI-Body mass index.