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Table 4 Sample and population weighted results of stunting, underweight and overweight/obesity of Palestinian girls from Ramallah and Hebron governorates by sociodemographic characteristics (n = 1047)

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 176 1.9** 3.3 24.0 354 3.4 6.8 18.6
Rural 309 7.9 3.1 20.7 182 6.0 5.0 14.2
Age in years
13 207 5.6 1.9 22.1 150 6.0e 7.4 20.7
14 224 6.3 4.7 21.9 274 4.7 4.4 16.1
15 67 5.2 1.0 20.2 125 1.0 8.0 14.4
Mother's education
Low 355 6.0 2.6 22.2 413 5.1 6.3 16.4
Medium/High 139 5.2 4.6 19.4 109 0.9 6.5 17.4
Father's education
Low 287 5.7 3.5 23.8 347 4.6 6.3 17.8
Medium 88 6.5 1.7 15.7 85 4.7 7.0 13.0
High 115 5.9 3.1 19.2 89 2.2 5.6 14.6
Family size
1-6 persons 111 2.8 1.4 29.1e 59 5.1 5.1 18.4
7-8 persons 159 6.1 3.6 24.7 189 4.8 6.4 17.5
> 8 persons 216 7.0 3.5 16.9 277 3.6 6.5 15.5
Household STL b
Low 100 8.4 4.0 12.7e 176 7.9** 5.1 14.8
Medium 216 6.4 2.5 21.8 287 2.4 6.6 18.1
High 133 3.6 3.3 26.2 76 2.7 6.6 18.3
Present household economic situation index c
Worse off 91 5.2 1.8 26.1 163 3.6 8.0 15.4
Medium 270 6.2 3.4 20.5 274 5.1 5.5 16.0
Better off 113 5.7 4.0 16.8 67 3.0 7.5 17.9
Food availability d
Not available 165 4.0 2.7 26.6 255 4.7 7.1 15.7
Available 327 6.8 3.3 19.0 269 3.7 5.6 17.4
Onset of puberty
No 100 15.6** 6.4 11.5** 84 10.6** 20.3 3.7***
Yes 389 4.2 2.5 23.5 465 3.0 3.5 19.3
  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 d based on 4 questions: - "Do you have enough money to cover family 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?".
  6. dFood availability was based on the question: is there enough food for all family members on daily basis now?