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Table 3 Nutritional characteristics of the study sample

From: Nutritional status and correlated socio-economic factors among preschool and school children in plantation communities, Sri Lanka

Nutritional status Pre school Primary school Secondary school p value
Children (n = 206) children (n = 180) children (n = 161)  
Underweight (< −2SD WAZ) 68 (33.0%) 88 (48.9%) 39 (24.2%) < 0.001*
Stunted (< −2SD HAZ) 57 (27.7%) 52 (28.9%) 38 (23.6%) 0.518
Wasted (< −2SD BAZ) 52 (25.2%) 68 (37.8%) 60 (37.3%) 0.012*
Overweight (> 2SD WAZ) 3 (1.5%) 5 (2.8%) 7 (4.3%) 0.242
Obese (> 2SD BAZ) 5 (2.4%) 5 (2.8%) 7 (4.3%) 0.548
Mean WAZ score −1.54 (1.15) −2.01 (0.96) −1.76 (0.34) < 0.001*
Mean HAZ score −1.05 (1.53) −1.42 (0.92) −1.29 (0.78) 0.006*
Mean BAZ score −1.30 (1.17) −1.67 (1.01) −1.96 (0.87) < 0.001*
  1. *statistically significant association