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Table 3 Sample and population weighted results of stunting, underweight and overweight/obesity of Palestinian boys from Ramallah and Hebron governorates by sociodemographic characteristics (n = 895)

From: Prevalence and sociodemographic correlates of stunting, underweight, and overweight among Palestinian school adolescents (13-15 years) in two major governorates in the West Bank

  Ramallah governorate Hebron governorate
  n Stunting
%
Underweight
%
Overweight/
obesea %
n Stunting
%
Underweight
%
Overweight/
obesea %
Residence
Urban 197 4.8* 9.4 21.2 309 9.4 10.6 15.3*
Rural 228 13.1 9.6 15.8 133 10.6 18.9 6.8
Age in years
13 180 7.2 9.4 21.1 181 7.2 12.2 11.1
14 192 9.4 12.1 15.0 210 10.5 12.9 13.3
15 65 10.7 5.2 18.8 67 11.9 14.8 19.4
Mother's education
Low 307 10.8* 10.1 16.2 316 8.2 11.4 14.3
Medium/High 110 3.5 9.0 23.2 106 10.5 17.0 9.4
Father's education
Low 270 11.6 10.2 14.4 278 9.7 13.2 13.8
Medium 64 5.1 10.2 32.4 59 13.6 6.8 13.6
High 84 5.0 9.0 17.6 84 2.4 15.6 10.7
Family size
1-6 persons 129 5.4 6.6 25.6e 59 5.1 11.8 11.8
7-8 persons 142 10.8 11.3 20.0 166 8.4 10.2 16.9
> 8 persons 111 11.8 14.3 10.0 195 10.3 15.4 9.8
Household STL b
Low 56 15.5e 7.0 9.2* e 116 9.5 16.5 9.6
Medium 202 10.7 12.3 15.4 231 9.1 14.3 9.5
High 147 3.1 6.7 25.1 103 7.8 4.8 25.3***
Present household economic situation index c
Worse off 68 8.8 11.0 12.8 120 13.4* 15.8 15.2
Medium 233 11.5 10.9 14.8 224 8.5 12.5 10.3
Better off 115 5.8 6.6 26.5 73 2.8 9.6 17.8
Food availability d
Not available 128 13.5** 13.2 11.7 193 10.9 14.5 11.5
Available 292 7.5 8.8 20.6 229 7.0 11.3 14.4
Onset of puberty
No 74 16.6* 14.2 17.2 92 15.2 25.0 7.6**
Yes 363 7.8 9.0 17.9 365 8.0 9.9 14.6
  1. *P < 0.05 **P < 0.01 ***P < 0.001
  2. e P for trend < 0.05
  3. aOverweight/obesity were defined using the 2000 CDC reference.
  4. bHousehold standard of living index (STL) was based on the possession of 16 household amenities; each item given a value of 1.
  5. cPresent household economic situation index was formulated based on 4 questions: - "Do you have enough money to cover family
  6. needs now?" "At the present time, do you have any debts?" At the present time, to what extent do you have to postpone paying bills?" and "During the past school year, did you have to borrow money to cover family needs?".
  7. dFood availability was based on the question: is there enough food for all family members on daily basis now?