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Journal:   PAYESH   JANUARY 2008 , Volume 7 , Number 1; Page(s) 23 To 28.
 
Paper: 

USING BODY MASS INDEX (BMI) TO ASSESS NUTRITIONAL STATUS IN AFGHAN IMMIGRANT CHILDREN IN SHAHRIYAR REGION

 
 
Author(s):  REZAEIAN MOHSEN*, SALEM Z., HASANSHAHI GH.H., SHAMSAEI AMIR, TOUROUSIAN A., HAZAREH R.
 
* DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL MEDICINE, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, RAFSANJAN FACULTY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, RAFSANJAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Objective(s): To measure Body Mass Index (BMI) in Afghan immigrant children in 2005.

Methods: In this survey we selected 606 Afghan children aged 6-14 years and measured their weights and heights. After calculating body mass index (BMI), we categorized the subjects as underweight, normal, or obese.

Results: This study showed that 97 cases (16%) had low weight, 429 (81.2%) fell within the normal range and 17 (2.8%) were over-weight. Low weight was more common in girls than in boys (15.2% vs. 16.9%) but the difference was not statistically significant. Also, the prevalence of low weight was greater in children born in Iran (17.3%) than in those born in Afghanistan (15.2%). Children with birth ranks of  ³3 were more likely to have low weight in comparison to first- and second-born subjects (17% vs. 15.3%), but the difference was not statistically significant. Conclusion: In light of the high prevalence of malnutrition in Afghan immigrant children, interventional and educational programs are needed to improve health and nutrition status in Afghan immigrants.

 
Keyword(s): BODY MASS INDEX, IMMIGRANT AFGHAN CHILDREN, NUTRITIONAL STATUS
 
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