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Journal:   PAJOUHESH DAR PEZESHKI   Spring 2004 , Volume 28 , Number 1; Page(s) 53 To 58.
 
Paper: 

PREVALENCE OF MALNUTRITION AND IT'S RELATED FACTORS AMONG 0-36-MONTH CHILDREN OF NAHAVAND, 2002

 
 
Author(s):  SOHEILI AZAD A.A., ZAMANIAN M.
 
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Abstract: 

Background: Growth is a suitable indicator of health and appropriate nutrition among children. It may delay due to insufficient intake of energy, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Indeed, growth can efficiently evaluate child*s health and nutrition status.
Materials and methods: During this cross sectional study 300 children aged 0-36 months were randomly selected. Data were gathered through face-to-face interview with their mothers and also determination of their weight and height. Nutritional status of children was determined and the role of dependent and independent variables was evaluated.
Results: Results have revealed that 3, 13.3, and 2.7% of children had present and past, past, and present malnutrition, respectively. A significant correlation was noted between past malnutrition with child age (p<0.01), birth weight (p<0.005),age at which complementary feeding was started (p<0.03), and father's job (p<0.04). Meanwhile, a significant correlation was found between past and present malnutrition with child age (p<0.04), birth weight (p<0.0004), and duration of breast feeding (p<0.001). Finally, there was a significant association between present malnutrition with sex (p<0.005), and b\duration of breast feeding (p<0.001).
Conclusion: Malnutrition is a major problem among the children of this region. A proper programming to solve the problem is highly suggested.

 
Keyword(s): MALNUTRITION, CHILDREN, COMPLEMENTARY FEEDING
 
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