Table 1

 Characteristics of subjects at baseline (1984 to 1986)

CharacteristicMen (n = 3742)Women (n = 3445)
Values are percentages.
*Calculation of lifestyle index (kcal.kg−1.week−1): time spent on walking, gardening, and cycling per week multiplied by the assigned MET value and summarised for each participant
†Recommendation for MPA: at least 2.5 hours a week of moderately intense physical activity representing 30 minutes on five days a week
‡Recommendation for VPA: 1 hour a week of vigorously intense physical activity corresponding to 20 minutes on three days a week.
MET, metabolic equivalent; MPA, moderate physical activity; VPA, vigorous physical activity.
Age groups (years)
    30–4330.230.7
    44–5436.833.6
    55–6933.135.8
Social class
    I (highest)19.812.0
    II18.219.9
    III23.621.4
    IV24.427.7
    V (lowest)14.019.1
Lifestyle index*
    033.227.1
    0–<1422.322.8
    ⩾14–<33.522.825.1
    ⩾33.521.824.9
Recommendation for MPA†
    No41.036.1
    Yes59.063.9
Recommendation for VPA‡
    No63.271.2
    Yes36.828.8
Body mass index
    <25 kg/m242.464.2
    25–<30 kg/m248.427.2
    ⩾30 kg/m29.28.7
Chronic disease index (%)
    None68.764.6
    One19.823.1
    At least two11.512.3
Cardiovascular risk factor index
    None61.166.6
    One22.721.5
    At least two16.111.9
Alcohol intake
    None/low68.578.6
    High19.211.6
    Dangerous12.39.9
Positive dietary habits
    1–537.427.2
    6 and 745.244.5
    At least 817.428.3
Eats breakfast regularly
    Always/often90.592.3
    Rare/never9.57.4
Smoking status
    Never23.261.7
    Former37.116.7
    Current39.721.5