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Nutritional status of the preschool children of the Klong Toey slum, Bangkok.
Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health. 2002 Sep; 33(3):628-37.SA

Abstract

A cross-sectional study was conducted to examine the nutritional status of children (aged 1-5 years) who lived in the Klong Toey slum, Bangkok; the factors related to nutritional status were also determined. Anthropometric measurements were made for 232 children; socioeconomic background information was obtained by interviewing their mothers using a structured questionnaire. The prevalence of malnutrition among the study sample was 25.4% by weight-forage, 18.1% by height-for-age, and 6.9% by weight-for-height; the prevalence among pre-school children in Thailand and in the Bangkok metropolitan area by weight-for-age was reported to be 8.73% and 5.25% respectively. Potential related factors were examined: family characteristics, (mother's age, marital status, educational background, family size, family income, and mothers' occupation); children's characteristics (age, gender, birth order, immunization status, and history of illness); mothers' knowledge and perception of nutrition and mothers' food practice. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to identify the association with the nutritional status of children by height-for-age. The results showed that family income (adjusted OR=0.9998; 95% CI: 0.9997-1.0000), maternal housewifery or unemployment (adjusted OR=6.5; 95% CI: 1.74-24.3), food practice (adjusted OR=0.7123; 95% CI: 0.5390-0.9414), and a maternal educational level lower than primary school (adjusted OR=10.1; 95% CI: 1.13-91.9) were associated with the nutritional status of children. This finding implies that although malnutrition is no longer considered to be a major health problem in Thailand, it remains a threat to the health of the urban poor in Bangkok. This finding should not be overlooked and countermeasures are indicated.

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ASEAN Institute for Health Development, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. yuko-t@tkk.att.ne.jpNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12693602

Citation

Tada, Yuko, et al. "Nutritional Status of the Preschool Children of the Klong Toey Slum, Bangkok." The Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, vol. 33, no. 3, 2002, pp. 628-37.
Tada Y, Keiwkarnka B, Pancharuniti N, et al. Nutritional status of the preschool children of the Klong Toey slum, Bangkok. Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health. 2002;33(3):628-37.
Tada, Y., Keiwkarnka, B., Pancharuniti, N., & Chamroonsawasdi, K. (2002). Nutritional status of the preschool children of the Klong Toey slum, Bangkok. The Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, 33(3), 628-37.
Tada Y, et al. Nutritional Status of the Preschool Children of the Klong Toey Slum, Bangkok. Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health. 2002;33(3):628-37. PubMed PMID: 12693602.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Nutritional status of the preschool children of the Klong Toey slum, Bangkok. AU - Tada,Yuko, AU - Keiwkarnka,Boonyong, AU - Pancharuniti,Nonglak, AU - Chamroonsawasdi,Kanittha, PY - 2003/4/16/pubmed PY - 2003/7/24/medline PY - 2003/4/16/entrez SP - 628 EP - 37 JF - The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health JO - Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health VL - 33 IS - 3 N2 - A cross-sectional study was conducted to examine the nutritional status of children (aged 1-5 years) who lived in the Klong Toey slum, Bangkok; the factors related to nutritional status were also determined. Anthropometric measurements were made for 232 children; socioeconomic background information was obtained by interviewing their mothers using a structured questionnaire. The prevalence of malnutrition among the study sample was 25.4% by weight-forage, 18.1% by height-for-age, and 6.9% by weight-for-height; the prevalence among pre-school children in Thailand and in the Bangkok metropolitan area by weight-for-age was reported to be 8.73% and 5.25% respectively. Potential related factors were examined: family characteristics, (mother's age, marital status, educational background, family size, family income, and mothers' occupation); children's characteristics (age, gender, birth order, immunization status, and history of illness); mothers' knowledge and perception of nutrition and mothers' food practice. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to identify the association with the nutritional status of children by height-for-age. The results showed that family income (adjusted OR=0.9998; 95% CI: 0.9997-1.0000), maternal housewifery or unemployment (adjusted OR=6.5; 95% CI: 1.74-24.3), food practice (adjusted OR=0.7123; 95% CI: 0.5390-0.9414), and a maternal educational level lower than primary school (adjusted OR=10.1; 95% CI: 1.13-91.9) were associated with the nutritional status of children. This finding implies that although malnutrition is no longer considered to be a major health problem in Thailand, it remains a threat to the health of the urban poor in Bangkok. This finding should not be overlooked and countermeasures are indicated. SN - 0125-1562 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12693602/Nutritional_status_of_the_preschool_children_of_the_Klong_Toey_slum_Bangkok_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/childnutrition.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -