Acute malnutrition in Bangladeshi children: levels and determinants

Rahman, Azizur and Chowdhury, Soma and Hossain, Delwar (2009) Acute malnutrition in Bangladeshi children: levels and determinants. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 21 (3). pp. 294-302. ISSN 1010-5395

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The main purpose of the study was to identify the levels and determinants of acute malnutrition or wasting in Bangladeshi children. A two-stage stratified random sampling design was used to collect the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey data during November 1999 to March 2000, in which 5,333 living children aged 0-59 months and their mothers were weighed and measured to obtain their anthropometric data. The prevalence of wasting was accessed by the Z-scores approach of anthropometric criterion weight-for-height following the WHO guidelines and cut-off points. Results reveal that the prevalence of severe and moderate wasting were more common among children and the overall prevalence of acute malnutrition was about 10%, indicating one of the major public health problems in the country. Multivariate analysis showed that mother’s BMI and media exposure; child’s age and birth size; and respiratory sickness in childhood were significantly associated with both severe and moderate wasting.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2008 06:54
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2021 03:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: acute malnutrition; Bangladesh; children; severe and moderate; wasting
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics > 111104 Public Nutrition Intervention
06 Biological Sciences > 0606 Physiology > 060604 Comparative Physiology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111704 Community Child Health
Fields of Research (2020): 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3210 Nutrition and dietetics > 321005 Public health nutrition
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3109 Zoology > 310912 Comparative physiology
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420601 Community child health
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health
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