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Table 4 Absolute and relative measures of disparity between the obesity prevelance for adults in the least and most deprived groups

From: Utility of linking primary care electronic medical records with Canadian census data to study the determinants of chronic disease: an example based on socioeconomic status and obesity

   Absolute Relative
Material deprivation level Obesity prevalence (%) Simple difference Disparity rate ratio
1 (least deprived) 27.9 a a
2 36.6 8.7 1.31
3 38.0 10.1 1.36
4 39.6 11.7 1.42
5 (most deprived) 44.4 16.5 1.59
Social deprivation level
1 (least deprived) 37.6 a a
2 36.2 −1.4 0.96
3 37.5 0 1.00
4 31.5 −6.1 0.84
5 (most deprived) 37.6 0 1.00
  1. aThe best group rate (least deprived) was used as the reference point