Nutritional status in adolescent girls: Attempt to determine its prevalence and its association with sociodemographic variables
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among adolescent girls aged 16‐19 years. Data regarding sociodemographic variables were collected by administration of a prestructured, pretested questionnaire. Height and weight were measured by standardized techniques in a sample of 700 adolescents. BMI was calculated. IBM SPSS Statistics version 22 was used to determine proportions and for chi-square analysis, independence tests, and binary logistic regression.
Results: We found 36.2% of adolescent girls were malnourished, among whom 33.7% were obese and 66.3% were undernourished.
Conclusion: Age and education of the mother and father were found to be significantly associated with malnutrition.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 01 December 2018
This article was made available online on 18 July 2017 as a Fast Track article with title: "Nutritional status in adolescent girls: Attempt to determine its prevalence and its association with sociodemographic variables".
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