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Open Access Nutritional status in adolescent girls: Attempt to determine its prevalence and its association with sociodemographic variables

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Objective: To determine the prevalence of malnutrition among adolescent girls and to assess the association of nutrition 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.
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Keywords: Adolescent girls; BMI; malnutrition; nutrition; sociodemographic variable

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2018

This article was made available online on July 18, 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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  • Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) is an open-access journal focusing on subjects that are common and relevant to family medicine/general practice and community health. The journal publishes relevant content across disciplines such as epidemiology, public health, social and preventive medicine, research and evidence based medicine, community health service, patient education and health promotion and health ethics. The journal has a specific focus on the management of chronic illness particularly diabetes, ischaemic heart disease, chronic heart failure, hypertension, bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease and common mental illness. FMCH is published by Compuscript on behalf of the Chinese General Practice Press

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