Table 5

Association of some socio-demographic variables with the nutritional status (MUAC) of the study participants (n=400) in Samre Woreda from March-April, 2011
Nutritional status (MUAC)
Socio-demographic characteristics Malnourished (< 21 cm) Normal (≥ 21 cm) Crude OR (CI) Adjusted OR (CI)
Land size N
    o
(%)
N
    o
(%)
≤ 0.25 hect. 9 (3.5) 83 (32.1) 1.9 (0.4,9.2) 1.5 (0.3,8.1)
0.26-0.75 hect. 24 (9.3) 106 (40.9) 3.9 (0.9,17.6) 5.1 (1.06,24.5)*
> 0.75 hect. 2 (0.8) 35 (13.5) 1 1
Family size
2-4 persons 24 (6) 122 (30.5) 1
≥ 5 persons 28 (7) 226 (56.5) 0.6 (0.4,1.1) __
Length of marriage
≤ 10 years 37 (9.3) 193 (48.7) 1 1
11-20 years 9 (2.3) 119 (30.1) 0.4 (0.2,0.8)* 0.29 (0.1,0.9)*
21-30 years 5 (1.3) 33 (8.3) 0.8 (0.3,2.2) 2.9 (0.7,11.9)
Maternal education
Literate 22 (5.5) 135 (33.8) 1
Illiterate 30 (7.5) 213 (53.3) 0.9 (0.5,1.6) __
Age of BF child
≤ 12 months 30 (7.5) 239 (59.8) 1
> 12 months 22 (5.5) 109 (27.3) 1.6 (0.9,2.9) __
Growing maize
Yes 12 (4.7) 111 (43) 1 1
No 23 (8.9) 112 (43.4) 1.9 (0.9,4) 3 (1.3,7.2)*
Number of gravidity
< 4 pregnancies 33 (8.3) 176 (44) 1
≥ 4 pregnancies 19 (4.8) 172 (43) 0.6 (0.3,1.1) __
Own farm animals
Yes 26 (6.5) 209 (52.3) 1
No 26 (6.5) 139 (34.8) 1.5 (0.84,2.7) __
Number of meals/d
< 3 meals 14 (3.5) 94 (23.5) 0.9 (0.5,1.9) __
≥ 3 meals 38 (9.5) 254 (63.5) 1

*P-value is significant at < 0.05.

Haileslassie et al.

Haileslassie et al. Nutrition Journal 2013 12:28   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-12-28

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