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MALNUTRITION AMONG IRANIAN CHILDREN: BIRTH WEIGHT, NUMBER OF CHILDREN AT HOME AND BIRTH ORDER

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 Background: This CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY was conducted to investigate the prevalence and predictors of malnutrition indicators such as WASTING, STUNTING, OBESITY and UNDERWEIGHT by birth weight, number of children at home and birth order.Methods: six suburbs in Qazvin province, IRAN. The present study examined 1351 urban and rural children under 6 years old (692 boys and 659girls). Data on age, weight and height were taken and birth weight, number of children in family, birth order, parental career and educational state and family caretaker were collected by a questionnaire that parents filled in.Results: The overall prevalence of WASTING, STUNTING, OBESITY and UNDERWEIGHT in this population was 10.3%, 17.5%, 5.8% and 4.8% respectively.Conclusion: There wasn’t any relationship between those three factors and WASTING; although STUNTING was less prevalent in children within2500-4000gr birth weight group (p<0.007, p.

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