Table 1

Descriptive analysis of the study participants (N = 219)
RUTF-treated (N = 140) RUTF-naive (N = 79)
Variable N Mean % SD N Mean % SD P-Value
Age child (Months) 37.2 15.6 36.1 17.3 0.648
Sex
Male 81 57.9 42 53.2 0.502
Female 59 42.1 37 46.8
Orphan hood
Yes 90 64.3 41 51.9 0.099
No 50 35.7 38 48.1
Birth weight
≥ 2500 g 110 78.6 57 72.2 0.365
< 2500 g 30 21.4 22 27.8
Age caregiver (Years) 34.2 9.4 33.8 8.2 0.753
Caregiver's education
≤ Primary 113 80.7 67 84.8 0.564
≥ Secondary 27 19.3 12 15.2
Major religions
Muslim 88 63.3 52 65.8 0.822
Christian 51 36.7 27 34.2
Employment status
Unemployed 84 60.0 52 65.8 0.479
Employed 56 40.0 27 34.2
Marital status caregiver
Married 95 67.9 47 59.5 0.237
Not married 45 32.1 32 40.5
Wealth index (tercile)
High 36 25.7 16 20.3 0.266
Middle 54 38.6 26 32.9
Low 50 35.7 37 46.8
Food security score
Secured 76 54.3 25 31.6 0.004
Insecure 19 13.6 13 16.5
Hunger 45 32.1 41 51.9
WAZ (underweight)
> − 2SD* 136 97.2 68 86.1 0.006
> − 3SD** 2 1.4 8 10.1
<−3SD*** 2 1.4 3 2.3
WHZ (wasting)
> − 2SD* 136 97.2 191 83.5 0.001
> − 3SD** 1 0.7 18 11.4
<−3SD*** 3 2.1 4 5.1
HAZ (stunting)
> − 2SD* 98 70.0 43 54.4 0.066
> − 3SD** 20 14.3 16 20.3
<−3SD*** 22 15.7 20 25.3

* Normal, ** Moderate, *** Severe.

Sunguya et al.

Sunguya et al. Nutrition Journal 2012 11:60   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-11-60

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