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PROVIDING CURRENT ESTIMATES OF WASTING AND UNDER NUTRITION IN PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN TABRIZ

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 Background: Proper nutrition is one of the major issues in children´s health. Poor nutrition (over nutrition and under nutrition) can be caused the physical and mental problems in children. Many countries experience both types of MALNUTRITION (WASTING and obesity). This study was planned to provide current estimates of WASTING and under nutrition in primary school students in Tabriz.Methods: This cross sectional study was conducted among 857 Tabriz residents’ primary school students selected through sampling simple random cluster in 1390-1391. BMI was calculated as body weight divided by the square of height (kg/m2). WASTING and under nutrition among children was defined for below the 5th percentile by specific BMI based on NCHS charts. The data were analyzed by SPSS16.Results: Frequency of under-weight in male and female students was 20.9% and 18.8% respectively. Frequency of under-weight in total study population was 20.1%.Conclusion: WASTING and underweight in primary school students were considerable among school age children.According to significant impact of childhood weight on adulthood complications, recent challenges inquired in response to local nutrition planning in primary school students.

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