Sociocultural factors affecting malnutrition in over one thousand under fives living in villages and towns located in northeastern Nigeria were examined.
Data was collected using a structured questionnaire and through examination of the children.
The study showed that about a third of the children were malnourished.
The observed malnutrition was higher among females.
The age group most affected was 25-36 months.
Poor weaning and food supplementation exerted the strongest influence on the nutritional status of the children whose diet consisted mainly of cereals.
It is suggested that local but largely ignored protein sources should be given more attention.
Adequate health education to mothers is essential especially in providing information on appropriate nutrition for the child that has just been weaned.
Mots-clés Pascal : Environnement socioculturel, Etat nutritionnel, Malnutrition, Epidémiologie, Nigéria, Afrique, Facteur milieu, Trouble nutrition, Nourrisson, Homme, Enfant, Age préscolaire, Adamawa
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sociocultural environment, Nutritional status, Malnutrition, Epidemiology, Nigeria, Africa, Environmental factor, Nutrition disorder, Infant, Human, Child, Preschool age
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0023958
Code Inist : 002B29B. Création : 31/05/1999.