Table 2

Baseline characteristics and repeated measures adolescents who were followed for all the three rounds of survey by sex
Characteristics Girls Boys N
Adolescents interviewed (%)
 Baseline 49.2 50.8 2084
 Year 1 48.0 52.0 1911
 Year2 44.4 55.6 1431
Age of adolescents in years at baseline (%)
 13 47.2 52.8 458
 14 48.2 51.8 479
 15 52.8 47.2 479
 16 49.7 50.3 386
 17 47.0 53.0 281
Place of residence (%)
 Urban 52.8 47.2 746
 Semi-urban 48.9 51.1 589
 Rural 45.8 54.2 749
Baseline household income tertile (%)
 Low 46.9 53.1 687
 Middle 47.6 52.4 702
 High 53.1 46.9 695
Food insecure (%)
 Baseline* 25.5(n1025)* 15.8(n1059) 2084
 Both baseline and year 1 15.9(n917)* 12.2(n994) 1911
 All the 3 rounds 5.5(n635) 4.4(n796) 1431
 At least in one of the 3 roundsƒ 40(n635)* 36.6(n796) 1431
Mean (±SD) height (cm)
 Baseline 154.0(7.7) 157.3(11.7) 2084
 Year 1 156.9(6.8) 161.5(10.8) 1911
 Year 2 158.9(5.7) 169.8(7.0) 1431
Mean (±SD) HAZ© for age z-score at baseline −0.91(.99) −1.05(1.2) 2084

The percentages refer to only those who are food insecure and are calculated from sex specific column totals for each follow up year.

ƒAdolescents who were food insecure at least in one of the rounds of the three surveys.

*P<0.05, SD = Standard Deviation.

©Height for age Z- Score.

Belachew et al.

Belachew et al. Nutrition Journal 2013 12:55   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-12-55

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