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Table 1 Time variant characteristics of study participants by data collection season, Kersa district, east rural Ethiopia, 2011

From: Seasonal variation in the prevalence of acute undernutrition among children under five years of age in east rural Ethiopia: a longitudinal study

Characteristics of study participants Wet season Dry season
  Number % Number %
Mother’s age 15-34 1668 78.79 1668 78.79
35-49 449 21.21 449 21.21
Possession of a bank saving account at household level No 2059 96.6 2060 96.6
Yes 73 3.4 72 3.4
Household food security status Food secure 1182 55.4 1401 65.71
Food insecure 950 44.6 731 34.29
Children’s nutritional status Normal 1975 92.64 1894 88.84
Malnourished 157 7.36 238 11.16
Maternal weight (Kg) Mean (±SD) 50.1 (6.35)   50.8 (5.98)  
Children’s age Mean (±SD) 23.8 (9.07)   29.34 (9.22)  
Children’s weight (Kg) Mean (±SD) 10.29 (2.13)   11.35 (2.17)  
Children’s MUAC (cm) Mean (±SD) 13.80 (1.18)   13.85 (3.19)  
Children’s WHZ- score Mean (±SD) 0.052 (1.37)   -.009 (1.72)