Table 3

Month-to-month transition probabilities1 between the growth categories including all months of age from 12 to 36 months by gender, A: Not malnourished, B: Wasted only, C: Wasted and underweight, D: Wasted, stunted and underweight, E: Stunted and underweight, F: Stunted only, Y: Underweight only

Boys

Growth faltering category

A

B

C

D

E

F

Y

% Total

Total occurrences


A

85

1.4

1.6

0.1

1.4

9

1.8

100

1790

B

31

52

15

0

0

0

2.1

100

97

C

10

1.4

62

10

5

1.0

10

100

292

D

0.5

0

1.9

75

23

0

0.3

100

374

E

1.4

0

1.5

5

82

8

1.2

100

1452

F

11

0.1

0.1

0.2

9

79

0.7

100

1333

Y

18

0.8

16

1.5

25

5

34

100

133

% Total

32

1.5

5

7

27

25

2.5

100

5471


Girls

A

B

C

D

E

F

Y

% Total

Total occurrences


A

86

1.6

1.2

0.04

1.0

9

1.7

100

2337

B

43

41

13

0

0

0

2.4

100

127

C

13

1.8

56

8

8

0.9

13

100

228

D

0.5

0

2.3

73

24

0

0.5

100

222

E

1.9

0.2

2.1

4

81

8

2.3

100

1221

F

14

0.2

0.3

0

9

77

0.5

100

1281

Y

23

0.7

7

1.3

34

6

29

100

155

% Total

42

1.8

4

4

22

23

2.7

100

5571


1Of any two consecutive months from 1 month to 36 months, growth category in the first of those months along the left hand side, growth category transitioned to in the following month along the top. For example of the 1790 occurrences of normal growth among boys (group A on the left hand side), 85 times in 100 the child would stay with normal growth in the following month (group A along the top), and 9 times in 100 the child moved to be stunted only in the following month (group F along the top). Of the 1333 occurrences of stunting only among boys (group F on the left hand side), 79 times in 100 the child remained stunted only the following month (group F along the top) and 11 times in 100 the child moved to have normal growth in the following month (group A along the top).

2 Birth was not included due to the high number of missing values for length

Rehman et al. Nutrition Journal 2009 8:44   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-8-44

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