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Trends in the nutritional status of Salvadorian children: the post-war experience.
Bull World Health Organ. 1996; 74(4):369-74.BW

Abstract

This article examines trends in the nutritional status of children in EI Salvador between 1988 and 1993 (before and after the signing of a peace accord that ended the civil war.) The data derive from two national surveys, each of which included measurements of the height and weight of children aged 3-59 months. The prevalence of low weight-for-age (< -2 SD) dropped from 15% in 1988 to 10.5% in 1993. The prevalence of low weight-for-height (< -2 SD) was minimal in both surveys: falling from 3.9% to 2.9%. The prevalence of low height-for-age (< -2 SD) fell from 28.1% to 22%. These declines in malnutrition indicators resulted from an upward shift in the distributions of weight and height of children, not from thinner lower tails of the distributions. The quality of anthropometric data appears to be high for both surveys: < 1% of surveyed children had heights or weights outside the expected range. This analysis demonstrates the value of repeated surveys of nutritional status.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Nutrition, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30341-3724 USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

8823958

Citation

Grummer-Strawn, L M., et al. "Trends in the Nutritional Status of Salvadorian Children: the Post-war Experience." Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 74, no. 4, 1996, pp. 369-74.
Grummer-Strawn LM, Cáceres JM, Herrera de Jaimes BP. Trends in the nutritional status of Salvadorian children: the post-war experience. Bull World Health Organ. 1996;74(4):369-74.
Grummer-Strawn, L. M., Cáceres, J. M., & Herrera de Jaimes, B. P. (1996). Trends in the nutritional status of Salvadorian children: the post-war experience. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 74(4), 369-74.
Grummer-Strawn LM, Cáceres JM, Herrera de Jaimes BP. Trends in the Nutritional Status of Salvadorian Children: the Post-war Experience. Bull World Health Organ. 1996;74(4):369-74. PubMed PMID: 8823958.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Trends in the nutritional status of Salvadorian children: the post-war experience. AU - Grummer-Strawn,L M, AU - Cáceres,J M, AU - Herrera de Jaimes,B P, PY - 1996/1/1/pubmed PY - 1996/1/1/medline PY - 1996/1/1/entrez KW - Age Factors KW - Americas KW - Central America KW - Child KW - Child Health KW - Child Nutrition KW - Demographic Factors KW - Developing Countries KW - Diseases KW - El Salvador KW - Health KW - Latin America KW - Malnutrition KW - North America KW - Nutrition KW - Nutrition Disorders KW - Nutrition Indexes KW - Political Factors KW - Population KW - Population Characteristics KW - Research Methodology KW - Research Report KW - Sampling Studies KW - Social Change KW - Studies KW - Surveys KW - War KW - Youth SP - 369 EP - 74 JF - Bulletin of the World Health Organization JO - Bull. World Health Organ. VL - 74 IS - 4 N2 - This article examines trends in the nutritional status of children in EI Salvador between 1988 and 1993 (before and after the signing of a peace accord that ended the civil war.) The data derive from two national surveys, each of which included measurements of the height and weight of children aged 3-59 months. The prevalence of low weight-for-age (< -2 SD) dropped from 15% in 1988 to 10.5% in 1993. The prevalence of low weight-for-height (< -2 SD) was minimal in both surveys: falling from 3.9% to 2.9%. The prevalence of low height-for-age (< -2 SD) fell from 28.1% to 22%. These declines in malnutrition indicators resulted from an upward shift in the distributions of weight and height of children, not from thinner lower tails of the distributions. The quality of anthropometric data appears to be high for both surveys: < 1% of surveyed children had heights or weights outside the expected range. This analysis demonstrates the value of repeated surveys of nutritional status. SN - 0042-9686 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/8823958/Trends_in_the_nutritional_status_of_Salvadorian_children:_the_post_war_experience_ L2 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/8823958/ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -