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Nutritional status and correlated socio-economic factors among preschool and school children in plantation communities, Sri Lanka

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Title
Nutritional status and correlated socio-economic factors among preschool and school children in plantation communities, Sri Lanka
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BMC Public Health, May 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12889-017-4311-y
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Lahiru Sandaruwan Galgamuwa, Devika Iddawela, Samath D. Dharmaratne, G.L.S. Galgamuwa

Abstract

Child malnutrition is a major public health concern worldwide, leading to higher morbidity and mortality. It is mostly preventable through public health and economic development. The aim of the present study was to determine socio-economic factors associated with nutritional status among children in plantation communities, Sri Lanka. A cross-sectional study was performed among preschool and school going children in three rural communities of Sri Lanka from January to August 2014. Demographic and household characteristics were documented and anthropometric measurements were collected to calculate weight-for-age (WAZ), height-for-age (HAZ) and BMI-for-age (BAZ). Anthroplus, epiinfo and SPSS versions were used for the analysis of data. A total of 547 children (aged 1-15 years, mean 7.0 ± 3.6 years, 53% female) participated in the study. 35.6%, 26.9% and 32.9% of children were underweight, stunting and wasting respectively. Undernutrition was more common in primary school children. Maternal employment, high number of siblings, high birth orders and female children were significantly associated with undernutrition among preschool children. Living in small houses, large number of family members, low monthly income and maternal employment were significantly associated with undernutrition among school children. Child undernutrition is a major public health concern in the plantation sector, Sri Lanka. Health education programs among the study population could be effective for solving the problem.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 492 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 74 15%
Student > Master 72 15%
Lecturer 29 6%
Researcher 28 6%
Student > Postgraduate 23 5%
Other 89 18%
Unknown 177 36%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 108 22%
Medicine and Dentistry 84 17%
Social Sciences 24 5%
Unspecified 22 4%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 21 4%
Other 53 11%
Unknown 180 37%

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#17,916,739
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#12,549
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#221,889
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