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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Nutritional status of schoolchildren in Porto Velho, Rondonia, Brazil
Author: Farias, ED
Guerra-Junior, G
Petroski, EL
Abstract: Objective This study aimed to determine the nutritional status of schoolchildren in public schools in Porto Velho Rondonia, Brazil, in relation to age, gender and sociodemographic features in a population of low socioeconomic status. Methods The sample comprised 1,057 schoolchildren of low socioeconomic status of both genders, aging from 7 to 10 years, selected by stratified random sampling by sector and purposeful sampling by group. Sociodemographic data were obtained with a questionnaire. The schoolchildren were classified according to their weight-for-height into malnourished, well nourished and overweight/obese and according to their weight-for-height and height-for-age into well nourished, severely malnourished, chronically malnourished or formerly malnourished. Results There was no significant difference between males and females for weight and height. In relation to weight-for-height alone, 86.0% were normal, 4.0% were malnourished, 7.0% were overweight and 3.0% were obese. In relation to weight-for-height and height-for-age, 89% were normal, 2.5% were acutely malnourished, 7.0% were formerly malnourished and 1.5% were chronically malnourished. Conclusion The prevalence of malnutrition or overweitht/obesity was low among elementary schoolchildren of low socioeconomic status in public schools of Porto Velho, Rondonia, Brazil. These data can be compared with data from other Brazilian cities and regions.
Subject: Malnutrition
Nutritional status
Socioeconomic factors
School health
Country: Brasil
Editor: Pontificia Universidade Catolica Campinas
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/S1415-52732008000400004
Date Issue: 2008
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