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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
  Year: 2002 | Volume: 1 | Issue: 3 | Page No.: 121-123
DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2002.121.123
 
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The Nutritional Status of School-Aged Children in an Urban Squatter Settlement in Pakistan
Raheela M.A. Mian , Mohammed Ali , Paola A. Ferroni and Peter Underwood

Abstract:
A study was carried out to determine the nutritional status of school-aged children living in an urban squatter settlement in Islamabad, Pakistan. 200 children were selected through systematic random sampling from 1479 children aged 5-10 years living in 1147 households. Measurement of height and body weight revealed a high prevalence of malnutrition among these children. The prevalence of underweight (< 2 standard deviations below the NCHS standard for weight-for-age) was 29.5%, wasting (< 2 SD below standard weight-for-height) 13% and stunting (< 2 SD below standard weight-for-height) 35%. Overall 44% of the children had one or more of underweight, wasting or stunting. Severe malnutrition (< 3 SD below the standard value) was present in 15.4% of the children. The prevalence of malnutrition was significantly higher among older children and those from larger, poorer households. The study recommends the inclusion of school-aged children in the Pakistan National Nutrition Survey.
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How to cite this article:

Raheela M.A. Mian , Mohammed Ali , Paola A. Ferroni and Peter Underwood , 2002. The Nutritional Status of School-Aged Children in an Urban Squatter Settlement in Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 1: 121-123.

DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2002.121.123

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjn.2002.121.123

 
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