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Nutritional status of school children aged 6-10 years old in Selangor

Kassim, siah and Mohamed Zainuddin, Norzila and Ab Rahman, Jamalludin and Zainal, Ramli and Abdullah, Ahmad Fadhil and Abdul Wahab, Norrashidah and Awang, Rusanida and Latif, Hasniah and Hussain, Shamsinah (2010) Nutritional status of school children aged 6-10 years old in Selangor. Malaysian Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 16 (Supp 2). ISSN 1511 - 4511

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Abstract

Objective: To assess nutritional status of school children aged 6 to 10 years old in Selangor. Method: All school children in Standard 1, 2, 3 and 4 from randomly selected seven primary schools in Selangor were given questionnaire forms. Children with parental consent underwent physical examination by the research team. Data collected include demographic, weight, height, biceps skin-fold thickness, neck circumference and waist circumference. Nutritional status was categorized following WHO 2006 growth chart standard. Results: Total 4434 school children aged 6-10 years old participated. Nutritional status of the school children was categorized into 6 groups i.e. very thin (1.5%), thin (6.6%), normal (67.3%), overweight (12.1 %), obese (8.1%) and very obese (3.7%). About 11% of the rural school children were within thin and very thin compared to urban school children 6.5%. However, the distribution of overweight, obese and very obese school children in rural and urban schools was similar i.e. 24%. Conclusion: The increasing trend of overweight and obesity among adult was also seen in school children aged 6-10 years old in Selangor.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3297/4981
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nutrition, School,children, Selangor
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Community Health & Family Medicine
Depositing User: Dr Jamalludin Ab Rahman
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2011 12:45
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2016 11:58
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/4981

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