Revista Cubana de Higiene y Epidemiología
versão On-line ISSN 1561-3003
LEON VALENCIA, Alexandra; TERRY BERRO, Blanca e QUINTANA JARDINES, Ibrahin. Nutrition status in children aged under 5 seen in a medical consulting room of Babahoyo (Republic of Ecuador). Rev Cubana Hig Epidemiol [online]. 2009, vol.47, n.1, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1561-3003.
We made a cross-sectional and descriptive study to assess the nutrition status of a cohort of children aged under 5 seen a medical consulting room of Babahoyo, Los Ríos Province, Republic of Ecuador. Work sample included 140 children seen between January and December 2007. To assess nutrition status by means of anthropometric indicators following variables were used: weight (kg) and height (cm). To expression and interpretation of anthropometric data Z scores were used. Z indexes of weight for height, height for age, weight for age, and body mass index (BMI were calculated) in Anthro 2005 program. Technical procedure of measurements was applied according the established requirements. A combined analysis of Z indexes was made including weight for height, height for age, and weight for age, using classification table proposed by Health World Organization (HWO). Each index was classified as low (d" 2 standard deviation (SD)), and it was verified in classification table. There were 17 intersection zones each with a different nutrition assessment. Integrated analysis of indicators showed a undernourished prevalence in a third of study children at study.
Palavras-chave : Nutrition status; malnutrition; under 5; anthropometric indicators.